Yellowstone’s geysers are known around the world, but the park’s nearly 300 waterfalls may be its most underrated attraction. This is good news for visitors who would like to view some of these impressive cascades in relative solitude.
Yellowstone Park’s Upper and Lower Falls are stunning, and can be seen starting at about 1.5 miles south of Canyon Village.
Located in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Lower Falls plunges 308 feet into the Yellowstone River. In some places, the walls of the canyon are 1,200 feet tall. Upper Falls, just upstream of Lower Falls, cascades 109 feet into the canyon. There are numerous vantage points for both waterfalls. Look for the signs.
Other scenic waterfalls to enjoy— with little effort required— include Tower Falls, Lewis Falls, Undine Falls, Virginia Cascades, and Gibbon Falls. In eastern Idaho, don’t miss views of Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, two waterfalls that thunder through a chasm carved by the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. The entire volume of the Snake River pours over the crest, and drops 114 feet to the canyon floor in an explosion of spray. Wooden walkways and railings make it possible to safely view the falls.