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The Yellowstone River

The scenic 700-mile journey of the spectacular Yellowstone River begins in the National Park of the same name in northwest Wyoming. It makes its way through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and it sports its share of majestic falls. The Yellowstone River rises out of Younts Peak and Two Ocean Pass, and flows uniquely north-northeast into Montana and on to the Missouri River.

It’s true that only 100 miles of the Yellowstone River flow in Wyoming, but it’s here where it all begins. Indians called the beautiful river “mitzi-dahi”, meaning “yellow rock river”. French trappers dubbed it “roche jaune”, or “rock yellow”. But the Yellowstone River was actually given its name in 1805, by famed explorers Lewis and Clark when they crossed it in Montana.

The Yellowstone River displays the distinctive yellow soil and rocks that really gave it its name. And the breathtaking rock canyons and walls that highlight the river’s edges make it a Wyoming Wonder to behold. And it’s well-known that the Yellowstone River provides some of the best trout fishing in the world.

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