Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
Deep and Wide
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River is…
• More than 1,000 feet deep in most places (305 m)
• Up to 4,000 feet wide (1,219 m)
• 20 miles long (32 km)
• Carved from old rhyolitic lava flows
• Thermally altered—changed by heat and gases from the Yellowstone Volcano
Welcome to Grand View
For a magnificent view of the canyon, follow the path to the overlook, just ahead. On your way, you can rest on stone benches. The path to the overlook may be wheelchair accessible with assistance.
The Yellowstone River can be seen far below, etching the canyon deeper and wider. From here, Upper Falls and Lower Falls are both hidden behind one or more bends in the canyon.
Stay safe! Do not leave trails or overlooks!
…The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the grandest, most sublime sight I have ever seen…If only you cd. See it for no description of mine will give any idea…We rode on narrow, steep bridle paths way, way above the Yellowstone river…Below us, on both sides, were Painted Cliffs. They are immense in height, solid rock from base to summit & loveliest, softest shades of yellow, pink, light browns, reds. They all blend beautifully & here & there a few pines stick to the sides…
Letter home, around 1900
This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from The Yellowstone Association
Erected by The Yellowstone Association.
Location. 44° 43.382′ N, 110° 29.067′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from North Rim Drive 0.9 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. The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Lookout Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waterfall Makers (approx. ¼ mile away); The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Canyon Colors (approx. 0.3 miles away); Artist Point (approx. 0.3 miles away); Still Venting After All These Years (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brink of Lower Falls (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
Also see . . . Yellowstone National Park. (Submitted on July 31, 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 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.