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Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls

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  • It is a short stroll from the parking area to the overlooks.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • Early morning is a great time to visit the brink overlook.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • Looking down the falls.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • Looking upstream from the upper falls.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • The falls creates a wall of spray.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • The power of Yellowstone Falls is tremendous.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • Viewing the Yellowstone River upstream of the falls.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
  • Brink of the upper falls.- Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls
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Pros: 
Easy and accessible paved trail. Powerful views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Yellowstone Canyon and Yellowstone Falls are extremely popular with visitors to Yellowstone National Park. It is easy to spend a whole day visiting all the overlooks and hiking the North Rim Trail or Ribbon Lake Trail for more canyon views. Some of the overlooks involve steep descents into the canyon, and that means the inevitable trudge up several hundred steps or numerous switchbacks from spots like Uncle Tom’s and the Brink of Lower Falls Overlook. One fairly easy but breathtaking overlook is the Upper Falls Brink Overlook.

From the parking lot, it is just an eighth-mile to the top of the falls, and it is paved and accessible for most. The Upper Falls is a shorter drop than the Lower Falls (109 feet versus 308 feet), but the amount of water and the sheer power of the falls is still breathtaking on the brink of the Upper Falls. Early morning is a wonderful time to visit this area as the rising sun lights up the billowing mist that rises up out of the canyon.

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