Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River, within Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. As the Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, it leaves the Hayden Valley and plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile (400 m) downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet (304 m) deep.
The upper falls are 109 feet high. The brink of the upper falls marks the junction between a hard rhyolite lava flow and weaker glassy lava that has been more heavily eroded.
Cascading from the 590,000 year old Canyon Rhyolite lava flow, Lower Yellowstone Falls is the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains of the United States. These falls are 308ft high, or nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. The volume of water flowing over Lower Yellowstone Falls can vary from 680ft3/s in the autumn, to 8400ft3/s at peak runoff in late springtime. The flow rate of Lower Yellowstone Falls is much less than that of Niagara Falls, as the Yellowstone River is only 70ft at the point at which it goes over the lower falls, whereas the Niagara River is 2600ft in width as it approaches the crest line of Horseshoe Falls.
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  • We drove at random past the Upper Falls and became a little curious. We walked down a path and saw the Ruination waterfall where water was phosphosed down in high speed. It was pretty impressive and we could get close to the waterfall. A nice experience, if you like us anyway drive by.
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  • Take every pulloff and walk all the trails here as every step is worth the walk. Bigger name places are crowded so go early!  more »
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  • Great nature! The upper falls may be not as impressive as the lower ones, but still rank to the jewels of the Yellowstone. The falls are set to beautiful natural settings - dense forests and snowy mountains. Very nice.
  • The views are incredible and the roar so majestic. There are several viewing areas that provide a good view of the falls, but the ones that are closest are the most awe inspiring.

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