Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park

Canyon Area Waterfall

Yellowstone National Park's Lower Falls is one of the most popular Wyoming waterfalls, and a popular destination for hikers within Yellowstone National Park's Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The Yellowstone River tumbles 308 feet, striking the canyon floor with such force that it sends foam and mist hundreds of feet upward, dampening the rocks so constantly that bright green moss grows high above the water. Lower Falls is twice the height of Niagara Falls. As the water races on and finally stops foaming, it looks green but, in reality, it is totally clear. The river's color is from algae and moss.

The Lower Falls can be viewed from Lookout Point, Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Brink of the Lower Falls Trail and at the end of Uncle Tom's Trail and from other spots along the South Rim Trail. Because the falls are one of the park's must-see spots, viewing points can be crowded midday; they can be visited in the summer and winter.

Check in with the rangers to find out the best way to see the falls based on your hiking abilities.

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