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Yellowstone Falls – The Dynamic Duo

The Falls in 2008. (©Jonathan Green/@modestholdings)

There are two “stars” here, that make up Yellowstone Falls. They are probably the most painted and photographed Wonders in Yellowstone National Park. If you haven’t seen the Falls in person, I’m sure you’ve seen their likeness somewhere. These are the famous, and truly dynamic, Upper and Lower Falls, the Dynamic Duo that adorns the Yellowstone River.

The Upper Falls are spectacular, and the Lower Falls may be even more so. The beautiful Yellowstone River produces the foam as it makes the 109-foot drop, that stands out so brilliantly with the bright red-orange rock that serves as a backdrop. The view from Chittenden Memorial Bridge is absolutely breathtaking. The original viewpoint was built in 1903, just two years after Captain Hiram Martin Chittenden, of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, supervised the construction of the first Fishing Bridge. In 1961, the now heavily-used bridge across the Yellowstone was built, and provides views that really do take your breath away.

Lower Falls just might be even more astounding than the Upper Falls, mainly because of its massive drop that measures 308-feet. The Lower Falls are nearly 3 times the mass of Upper Falls, and twice the size of Niagara Falls. Lookout Point is a good spot, and down North Rim Road is the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls. This half-mile long paved trail descends 600-feet and takes you to the most “interactive” and spectacular view of all. It’s here where you can stand and peer over the edge of Lower Falls. The roar of the falls is invigorating, and the look straight down is not for the faint of heart.

When you gaze at Yellowstone Falls, you are probably looking at the most breathtaking sight in Yellowstone. And because that is so, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Park.

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