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Artist's Point

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Lower Yellowstone Falls - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Photos by Chris Henn

     At Artist's Point the Yellowstone River's springtime snowmelt rips through Yellowstone's Grand Canyon and over the magnificent Lower Falls of the Yellowstone. Here at Canyon Village, the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone are some of the most popular photographic subjects in Yellowstone National Park. Lower Yellowstone Falls - Yellowstone National Park, WY
     One of two major falls on the Yellowstone River, the Lower Falls is one of the best waterfalls settings in the world. Although the falls is just 308 feet tall, canyon depths range from 800 to 1200 feet. Seen from Lookout Point, Red Rock Point, Artist Point and from various locations on the South Rim Trail, the canyon frequently takes on the appearance of a watercolor painting. Here, the yellow canyon walls are quite evident, getting their color from the iron casts within. Most of the yellows in the canyon are the result of iron oxidizing in the rock rather than sulfur, as many people think.
     Along the canyon's north and south rims are over a half dozen vantage points and overlooks. Five trails and a paved drive on both north and south rims lead to many of the canyon's splendid views. Some of the trails lead visitors to close-up views of the falls, where they get a feeling of the Yellowstone River's tremendous power.

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