We recently shared our experience at the West Thumb Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park. Today, we are sharing another of our favorite stops, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
The waterfalls are spectacular, and there are several places you can stop to view the falls. There is a like of a walk to get down to the best view point, but it’s relatively flat and paved.
About The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The present canyon is no more than 10,000 to 14,000 years old, although there has probably been a canyon in this location for a much longer period. The canyon is 800 to 1,200 feet deep and 1,500 to 4,000 feet wide.
The Yellowstone River is the force that created the canyon and the falls. It begins on the slopes of Yount Peak, south of the park, and travels more than 600 miles to its terminus in North Dakota where it empties into the Missouri River.
It is the longest undammed river in the continental United States.
The canyon below the Lower Falls was at one time the site of a geyser basin that was the result of rhyolite lava flows, extensive faulting, and heat beneath the surface (related to the hotspot).
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone consists of the Upper and Lower Falls.