Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River, within Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. As the Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, it leaves the Hayden Valley and plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile (400 m) downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet (304 m) deep.Upper Yellowstone FallsThe upper falls are 109 feet high. The brink of the upper falls marks the junction between a hard rhyolite lava flow and weaker glassy lava that has been more heavily eroded.Lower Yellowstone FallsCascading from the 590,000 year old Canyon Rhyolite lava flow, Lower Yellowstone Falls is the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains of the United States. These falls are 308ft high, or nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. The volume of water flowing over Lower Yellowstone Falls can vary from 680ft3/s in the autumn, to 8400ft3/s at peak runoff in late springtime. The flow rate of Lower Yellowstone Falls is much less than that of Niagara Falls, as the Yellowstone River is only 70ft at the point at which it goes over the lower falls, whereas the Niagara River is 2600ft in width as it approaches the crest line of Horseshoe Falls.
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  • Although this is not as big as Lower Falls, it was enjoyed the most by our family. Just has a nice feeling to it and easily accessable which is a plus with teenagers.  more »
  • The parking area is quite close to the upper falls and trail to the brink of the falls is one the easiest you will find in the park. The falls generate quite a bit of sound and strike you with the she...  more »
  • It is amazing to see the amount of water coming down the river and then fall down. You have to walk a little but it is worth it.  more »
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  • You shouldn't visit Yellowstone without taking the trip to see this natural splendor. Words cannot describe it's beauty.
  • This review is about the Lower Falls Lower Falls is located in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, near Canyon Village. The lava lip underneath the edge of the falls is 590,000 years old. Lower Yellowstone Falls is the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains. These falls are 308 feet high, or nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. You will hear them well before you can see them and they are a sight to behold. There is a trail that goes right to the edge of the fall point where the water goes over the edge and this also goes down to the river. These were beyond this tourist; they will be steep and wet and sometimes crowded. The view was just as nice for us from the top, and these falls are one of the most popular photographic points in the park
  • The upper falls are very pristine! So pretty to look at, I would highly recommend to see them if you're in the park.
  • My Favorite place in Yellowstone.
  • Absolutely amazing piece of nature's artwork. A very beautiful piece of Yellowstone.
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