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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone near Jackson Hole, WY

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, not to be confused with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona, is a breathtaking site to behold. Located downstream of the Yellowstone River this 24 mile long canyon has depths ranging from 800 to 1,200 feet.

Truly the can't miss part of any visit to Yellowstone the Grand Canyon offers its visitors plenty of opportunities to bask in its natural splendor. There are several vantage points along the trails where there is the chance to observe the two main waterfalls. The crashing Lower Falls which cascade 308 feet to the canyon floor or the magnificent Upper Falls which plunge 109 feet down both offer hikers plenty to look at.

Even the rocks of the canyon themselves are a huge attraction to the area. Famed artist Thomas Moran was quoted, "its beautiful tints were beyond the reach of human art." Thanks to millions of years of geologic influence the canyon walls offer stunning yellow, red, white, and even pink walls. This is due to the underground geysers chemically altering the iron in the rocks. The varying hues are brought on by the different stages of rust the walls are in as well as the water levels present in the rocks.

Although it can be difficult deciding what to see when entering Yellowstone National Park it is imperative you make the time to visit the Grand Canyon. The beautiful falls and brilliant canyon walls are marvels of nature that have wowed adventurers and artists alike for centuries.


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