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15 Must-See Waterfalls in Yellowstone

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Geysers erupt, hot springs bubble, and mountains tower over lush valleys. Add stunning waterfalls to this scene. With over 250 waterfalls, the park offers more than its famous geothermal features and wildlife like bison and grizzly bears.

Many waterfalls are easy to reach, just off the main roads, while others are hidden in the backcountry and need a hike.

Whether you want a peaceful spot or an adventurous hike, Yellowstone's waterfalls have something for everyone. Here are some of the most remarkable waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park:

1. Lower Falls

Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Lower Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Yellowstone. Located near Canyon Village, it offers several viewing points. You can enjoy distant views from Artist's Point or the overlooks on the north side of the Canyon.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 308 feet
  • Water Source: Yellowstone River

2. Upper Falls

View of Upper Yellowstone Falls at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Upper Falls, also near Canyon Village, may not be as tall as Lower Falls, but it is still very impressive. The best views are from the south side of the canyon near the Uncle Tom’s Trail parking area. From here, you can walk upstream along the rim for several nice views of the falls.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 109 feet
  • Water Source: Yellowstone River

3. Tower Fall

The Tower Fall in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming USA

Tower Fall is located a few miles south of Tower Junction. There is a parking area and a general store nearby. An overlook is just 100 yards from the parking area. Although the trail to the base of the falls is often closed, the overlook provides a great view.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 132 feet
  • Water Source: Tower Creek

4. Undine Falls

Undine Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Undine Falls is a few miles east of Mammoth Springs. A small parking area along the road provides a good view of the waterfall.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 60 feet
  • Water Source: Lava Creek

5. Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls in Yellowstone National Park

Mystic Falls is near Biscuit Basin, a few miles north of Old Faithful. The falls are surrounded by steaming vents and hot springs. It is a 1.5-mile walk to the falls, passing through Biscuit Basin, where you can see the Sapphire Pool and other thermal features.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Water Source: Little Firehole River

6. Gibbon Falls

Gibbon falls in Yellowstone National Park

Gibbon Falls is roughly halfway between Madison and Norris. There is a small parking area along the road. Walk along the road around the curve for better views, but be cautious of traffic.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 84 feet
  • Water Source: Gibbon River

7. Firehole Falls

Flowing Firehole Falls waterfall in Yellowstone National Park.

Firehole Falls is just south of Madison. It is smaller than some other falls but still interesting, with cascades and smaller falls above and below the main falls. There is a swimming area upstream of Firehole Falls.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 40 feet
  • Water Source: Firehole River

8. Rustic Falls

Rustic Falls of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Rustic Falls is a few miles south of Mammoth Springs. A small parking area along the road offers a good view. The best time to visit is early in the season, as the flow decreases by mid-July.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 47 feet
  • Water Source: Glen Creek

9. Lewis Falls

Yellowstone Lewis Falls - close up view

Lewis Falls is halfway between Grant and the south entrance. There is a small parking area along the main road. You can easily get down to the river level and walk back across the bridge or up the hill for different views.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 30 feet
  • Water Source: Lewis River

10. Kepler Cascades

Kepler Cascades. Yellowstone NP
Kepler Cascades. Yellowstone NP | Miguel Hermoso Cuesta

Kepler Cascades is a few miles southeast of Old Faithful. A small parking area along the road provides access. You can get down to the base if you are willing to negotiate a steep trail into the gorge.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: Several drops, largest 50 feet, total drop 100-150 feet
  • Water Source: Firehole River

11. Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls in Yellowstone National Park

Fairy Falls is a stunning waterfall offering a peaceful, less crowded experience. The hike to reach it is about five to six miles round trip, taking you through a forest that has recovered from the 1988 wildfires.

Most visitors stop at the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook, making the trail beyond it quieter.

  • State: Montana and Wyoming
  • Height: 200 feet
  • Water Source: Tributary of Stevens Creek

12. Osprey Falls

Osprey Falls and Gardner River

Osprey Falls on the Gardner River in Sheepeater Canyon requires a 9.2-mile hike. The hike offers views of a regenerating forest from the 1988 wildfires and ends at an impressive waterfall. The trail's length makes it less crowded, offering a serene experience.

  • State: Montana
  • Height: 150 feet
  • Water Source: Gardner River

13. Cave Falls

Autumn Day at Cave Falls on the Bechler River at the Idaho Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Cave Falls is wider than it is tall and is located in the remote Bechler Backcountry. The falls are peaceful and beautiful, with a dramatic atmosphere enhanced by the surrounding landscape. The name comes from an alcove that used to be next to the falls before it collapsed.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 20 feet
  • Water Source: Fall River

14. Terraced Falls

Terraced Falls on Falls River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Terraced Falls, also in the Bechler Backcountry, has a significant drop and is best viewed from the other side of the Fall River. It is reachable by a moderately short hike that involves some river crossing and bushwhacking, offering a rewarding view.

  • State: Wyoming
  • Height: 130 feet
  • Water Source: Falls River

15. Union Falls

Union Falls waterfall in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Union Falls is a magnificent waterfall in the Bechler Backcountry, formed by the union of Mountain Ash Creek and an unnamed creek.

The hike to the falls includes a side trip to the Ouzel Pool, a geothermally heated pool perfect for swimming. This waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in Yellowstone.

  • State: Montana
  • Height: 260 feet
  • Water Source: Mountain Ash Creek

Embracing the Beauty of Waterfalls

Yellowstone's waterfalls provide a mix of peaceful spots and exciting hikes. Whether you visit the easy-to-reach falls or the hidden ones in the backcountry, these natural wonders are sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Enjoy the beauty and variety of these waterfalls, and let them add to your amazing experience in the park.

 
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