Yellowstone: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

This post is part of a series on geologic features we saw in Yellowstone National Park during our June vacation in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

We started with the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The upper falls of the Yellowstone River, shown here, is 109 feet high. The photo below is underexposed to show the waterfall. To get a sense of perspective, see the people standing on the lookout point just to the right of the waterfall.

upper falls, Yellowstone River
upper falls, Yellowstone River

The lower falls is much higher, at 308 feet high.

Lower Falls
Lower Falls

This wide-angle photo from the same spot shows the yellow stone of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The rock is rhyolite, which is high in silica, an ingredient of sand. The Canyon was formed by erosion.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

We drove to the north rim to see this rocky spire with an osprey nest at the top. Trout washed over the falls might be easy pickings for the opsrey.

osprey next on rocky spire
osprey nest on rocky spire

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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