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

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

Three Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park 2020 - Best Time
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Neal Herbert | Yellowstone National Park

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.

Looking down from the Brink of Lower Falls 2020
Looking down from the Brink of Lower Falls
Double rainbow at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River 2020
Double rainbow at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

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.

Crystal Falls 2020
Crystal Falls

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.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Upper Falls 2020
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Upper Falls

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.

Climbing the final steps down to Red Rock Point 2020
Climbing the final steps down to Red Rock Point

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.