Moose Falls is the warm up act to the wonderful waterfalls that can be seen in Yellowstone National Park. Located about a mile and half from the South Entrance to the park. It is easily bypassed by many visitors. Don’t be one of them. It is easy to do. There is a short parking lot past the bridge crossing Crawfish Creek. In fact, we bypassed it the first time and had to turn around.
Access to Moose Falls is via a short but steep trail. The hike only last for about 100 yards. The perfect beginner hike for those not looking to go far. It is also a good spot to get out of the car upon entering the park or a last chance stop before leaving. At just 30ft, Moose Falls, is not going to have the wow factor that others in the park will have. However, it is definitely scenic enough to warrant a stop.
At one point in the parks history it was a popular swimming hole during the warm summer days. Now there are several signs posted asking people not to swim. There is a little trail that goes to the base of the falls. It is rocky and steep so watch your step. Overall, Moose Falls is an easy walk to get to.
Remember that you are in wild country and it can be dangerous if you do not use common sense and sound judgment. Not only are the animals wild but so is the land and getting too close to either can make a great vacation go sour and even be deadly real quick. Animals will protect themselves, their area, and young while the geothermal areas are fragile and dangerous so stay on assigned paths. If you use caution and are prepared Yellowstone will be a great life experience and please leave it just as you found it so the next person can enjoy. Happy Travels!!!
100 yards from the small Parking lot
Easy Level Hike
- Waterfalls of Yellowstone
There are many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park to choose from, some are roadside falls like Moose Falls, Gibbon Falls, Rustic Falls, Undine Falls, Lewis Falls and of course the extraordinary Upper and Lower Falls while others require a hike to see like Lost Creek Falls, Fairy Falls or Mystic Falls. Whatever your plans are when you visit Yellowstone National Park make sure you seek out some of the great waterfalls that can be found in the park.