Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Brink of Upper Falls
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
From the Brink of Upper Falls viewpoint you can witness the power of the Yellowstone River as you watch millions of gallons (liters) of water plunging 109 feet (33 meters).
From the brink, notice the solid walls of rock on each side of the river. About 484,000 years ago, this rock was hot, molten rhyolite lava oozing across the land. Today, Upper Falls cuts through this hardened lava flow.
Welcome to Brink of Upper Falls
Trail to the Brink
For a close-up view of Upper falls, follow the trail to the brink, abut 200 yards (183 m) from here. On the lower part of the trail, you will encounter numerous steps.
If you prefer a trail with gentle grades, begin following the trail to the brink. Above the steps, turn right. Follow the paved trail a short distance and watch for a “birdís eye” view of the falls through the trees. This trail is wheelchair accessible.
Stay safe! Do not leave trails or overlooks!
I walked out on a rock and made two steps at the same time, one forward, the other backward, for I had unawares, as it were, looked down into the depths or bowels of the earth into which the Yellow[stone] plunged as if to cool the infernal region
A. Bart Henderson, Prospector
This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from The Yellowstone Association
Erected by The Yellowstone Association.
Location. 44° 42.847′ N, 110° 30.036′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Brink of Upper Falls Turnout 0.3 miles east of Grand Loop Road. Touch 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. Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uncle Tomís Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Uncle Tomís Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brink of Lower Falls (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chittenden Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Still Venting After All These Years (approx. half a mile away); Waterfall Makers (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lookout Point (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a "You Are Here" map indicating:
Alternate Viewpoint (turn right above steps
Also see . . . Yellowstone National Park. (Submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.