The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River is the most inspiring of the waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park. It is 308 ft. high, and thunders through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It is certainly a must see for all visitors to the park.
There are many viewpoints available for Lower Yellowtone Falls, and all should be experienced. On the North Rim Drive, a great view of the waterfall is found at Lookout Pt. A short descent from Lookout Pt. to Red Rock Pt. offers a closer view of the Lower Falls. Also on the north rim is the Brink of Lower Falls trail. When we were here, this trail was sadly closed, but we understand it to be an incredible experience. On the south rim of the canyon, Artist Pt. offers an inspiring view of Lower Falls and the canyon. On Uncle Toms Trail, you will descend a steep 328 steps (my wife counted 329) to reach a platform with a super close-up view of the falls.
Red Rock Pt. was my favourite viewpoint of Lower Falls, because less people make the descent from Lookout Pt., and it offers a more up close and personal experience. For photography, however, Lookout Pt. and Artist Pt. are better locations, and it is best to arrive at first light in the morning. That time of day is also better to avoid the crowds.
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