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Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Artist Point

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

 
 
Artist Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2011
1. Artist Point Marker
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A Photographer's Canvas
Artist Point offers a magnificent view of Lower Falls plunging 308 feet (93 meters). Framed by canyon walls, forest, and sky, the picturesque scene has been photographed countless times for more than a century.

Artist Point is thought to have been named by park photographer F.J. Haynes, possibly as early as 1883. He and his son, Jack Ellis Haynes, photographed and hand-tinted Yellowstone images for eight decades, including numerous works from Artist Point.

Welcome to Artist Point
For stunning views of Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, follow the paved trail about 80 yards (73 m) to the viewpoint. You will find two ramps along the way. The trail and overlook are wheelchair accessible.

Stay safe! Do not leave designated trails or overlooks!

Legendary Myth
A well-established myth persists that artist Thomas Moran's famous 1872 painting “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” originated at Artist Point. However, historians are nearly certain that Moran rendered sketches for his painting from the opposite side of the canyon-not from Artist Point.

This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from The Yellowstone Association

 
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Artist Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2011
2. Artist Point Marker
The Yellowstone Association.
 
Location. 44° 43.212′ N, 110° 28.781′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from South Rim Drive 1.6 miles east of Grand Loop Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canyon Colors (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (about 300 feet away); The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grand View (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lookout Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waterfall Makers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Inspiration Point (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shifting Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is an image of a "Hand-tinted Haynes postcard, Lower Falls"

On the lower right is a photograph with the caption, "“Our Artist Bound for the Canyon” depicts F. J. Haynes (at right) transporting his photograph equipment with companions in the 1880s."
 
Also see . . .  Yellowstone National Park. (Submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
View of the Lower Falls image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2011
3. View of the Lower Falls

 
Categories. Natural Features
 
View of the Yellowstone River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2011
4. View of the Yellowstone River
<i>The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone</i> image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Moran, 1872
5. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone
This image, an 1875 chromolithograph of Moran's 1872 painting, shows the Grand Canyon and Lower Falls (not) from Artist's Point. (See marker text.)

Image courtesy of Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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