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Lower Falls

Lower Falls. (Scott Catron/Wikipedia)

There are a number of Wonders of Wyoming in Yellowstone National Park, but this one just might be the most spectacular and downright breathtaking of all. Lower Falls is probably the most popular destination in Yellowstone Park, photographed by millions over the years, and the subject on many an artists canvass.

Lower Falls spills over an impressive canyon wall on the Yellowstone River, producing a thunderous roar that you can hear, and feel. It’s the tallest waterfall in Wyoming with a 308-foot drop, twice the height of Niagara Falls. The great mountain man and explorer, Jim Bridger, came upon Lower Falls in 1851, and estimated its height at 250 feet. There was one newspaper article, written in 1867, that was so taken by Lower Falls predicting it to be “thousands of feet high”, testimony as to the awe-inspiring nature of Lower Falls.

Lower Falls took its name, as did the smaller Upper Falls, from maps drawn in 1869. And the same spectacular view that surveyors saw back then is best seen today from Red Rock Point. There’s also a stunning angle from the overlook at the brink of the falls, that gives you a queasy look down at breathtaking Lower Falls.

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