Yellowstone's Inspiration Point Reopens after Rehabilitation

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Accessible viewing platform at Inspiration Point

Accessible viewing platform at Inspiration Point, one of eight overlooks at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

People visiting the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River are now able to enjoy the view from Inspiration Point. The overlook has been closed for a two-year rehabilitation project, which created an expanded viewing area that is safer and more accessible.

“The design of the new overlook uses natural materials to protect the natural setting and integrate the infrastructure into the canyon’s spires and cliffs,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk. “I’m excited for our visitors to experience Inspiration Point in a new way.”

New stone steps at Inspiration Point

New stone steps at Inspiration Point

There is a necklace of eight overlooks in the Canyon area connected by five miles of trails, all constructed between 1930 and 1950. For nearly 70 years, these vistas have hosted millions of people—and that visitation, in addition to natural erosion, has taken its toll.

To address maintenance needs and improve safety, the park undertook a major initiative to repair and improve overlooks, trails, and parking lots along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Lookout Point and Grand View were completed in 2005. Artist Point was completed in 2007. Inspiration Point is the fourth overlook to be rehabilitated. The fifth project, Uncle Tom’s Point and parts of South Rim Trail, is expected to reopen later this fall (2018.)

Access to overlooks at Inspiration Point is clearly posted.

Trailheads to overlooks at Inspiration Point is clearly posted as to accessibility and number of stairs to maneuver. 

Immediately following the opening of Uncle Tom’s Point, the park will break ground at the Brink of Upper Falls, the next overlook in the long-term project. This area will be closed through 2019. Stay informed about current and future area closures at

The rehabilitation work on Inspiration Point and Uncle Tom’s totaled $12 million. It was funded in part by Yellowstone Forever, the parks non-profit philanthropic partner.

The final two overlooks, Brink of the Lower Falls and Red Rock Point, will break ground as early as 2020 and the estimated cost is $10 million. With the opportunity to capitalize on $4.5 million in federal matching funds, Yellowstone Forever is currently seeking corporate and private donations for the last stage of this rehabilitation project. 


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