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Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park

The park has almost 300 waterfalls to marvel at, but these three are the highest and most powerful

Best time: April–October

Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail
Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail
Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail
Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail
Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail
Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail

Visitors to the park can enjoy the beauty of three gorgeous waterfalls located in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The Lower, Upper, and Crystal Falls are formed by the flow of the Yellowstone River.

The view of the Lower Falls is truly majestic. It is one of the must-see spots in the park. The height of the Lower Falls is 94 metres, almost twice as high as the Niagara Falls. It is the highest waterfall in the park.

Upper Falls is shorter than the Lower Falls with a height of around 33 metres. But still it is powerful and the view is breathtaking. Crystal Falls is less known than the previous two. It is located between the Upper and Lower Falls with a height of almost 40 metres.

The South Rim Trail is a good place for seing the falls. Other beautiful places to marvel at these gorgeous waterfalls include Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Uncle Tom’s Trail, and the platforms at the Brink of Lower and Upper Falls Trail.

The volume of water in the waterfalls varies due to the season. The peak is, of course, in spring and summer when the snow melts and brings new power to the waterfalls. At average the water flows with a power of 5,000 gallons per second, while during the peak season this number grows to around 64,000.

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When is the optimal period to witness the waterfalls at Yellowstone National Park?

Between April and October, visitors can experience the waterfalls at their finest. The water level varies throughout the year due to the season. During the spring and summer, the waterfalls gain more strength as the snow melts, with the highest volume of water recorded as approximately 64,000 gallons per second. Show more

Which places boast the most advantageous view of the three waterfalls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone?

Visitors can encounter picturesque views of the three waterfalls along the South Rim Trail, as well as from Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Uncle Tom’s Trail, and the platforms at the Brink of Lower and Upper Falls Trail. These destinations offer a splendid and unique view of Yellowstone's famous waterfalls. Show more

How does the volume of water fluctuate in the Yellowstone falls during different seasons?

Yellowstone's falls experience a change in water volume depending on the season. Typically the water flow is around 5,000 gallons per second. However, when the snow melts during the spring and summer, the volume of water in the falls peaks, measuring a staggering 64,000 gallons per second. Show more

What is the height of the Lower Falls in comparison to other notable waterfalls?

The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone stands at a sizable 94 meters, almost twice the height of Niagara Falls, making it the tallest waterfall in Yellowstone. The Upper Falls measures approximately 33 meters, while Crystal Falls, located between the Upper and Lower Falls, measures nearly 40 meters high. Show more

Apart from the three waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, what other attractions are there for visitors to see?

In addition to the Grand Canyon's three waterfalls, visitors can take in other thrilling attractions such as the South Rim Trail, Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Uncle Tom’s Trail, and the platforms at the Brink of Lower and Upper Falls Trail year-round. The park features plenty of other natural wonders, including geysers, hot springs, and wildlife that visitors can explore and enjoy. Show more

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