Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on the Yellowstone River

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Upper, Lower & Crystal Falls

If you're planning a visit to Yellowstone, you can't miss one of the most breathtaking sights inside the Park: The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The result of a huge volcanic eruption that occurred approximately 600,000 years ago, this 20-mile-long canyon is up to 1,200 feet deep and 4,000 feet wide. A geological wonder, there are countless hiking adventures to be had in and around the canyon. First shaped by volcanic activity and then carved by subsequent glacial periods, the canyon continues to be sculpted by three waterfalls:
  • Lower Falls - A must-see during any visit to Yellowstone. The Lower Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Park, with a dramatic 308-foot drop. This breathtaking waterfall is more than twice the size of Niagara Falls in height alone.

  • Upper Falls - While much smaller than Yellowstone's Lower Falls, the Upper Falls is just as stunning. This 109-foot-high waterfall can be viewed from the platform at the brink of the Upper Falls.

  • Crystal Falls - A lesser-known Yellowstone waterfall, Crystal Falls is found between the Upper and Lower Falls, and can be viewed from the South Rim Trail.