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Oct 07

Lower Falls: Scenic Views from Red Rock and Lookout Points

Lower Falls YellowstoneLower Falls is the premier waterfall in Yellowstone National Park and there are several good vantage points to see this wonderful 308-foot waterfall.  A great place to stop along the North Rim Drive, if you can find parking especially during the peak months of July and August, is at Lookout Point and Red Rock Trail.  Lookout Point which is on the rim of the canyon is a nice vantage point of the falls, if you would like to get closer you can take the half mile trail down 500 feet to Red Rock Point.  Both places offer wonderful viewpoints of Lower Falls.Lookout Point and Red Rock Trail SignIf you are interesting in capturing a rainbow that appears at Lower Falls arrive at the falls around 9:30am and depending on the time of year you are visiting and if the sun is shining you will get to see a rainbow around that time.  We were there in June and it just started to appear around 9:45 and lasted until about 10:30 by the time we hit Artist Point around 11:30 the rainbow was gone.  Another good thing about going early in the morning is bypassing some of the crowd.  On my particular visit there were about a dozen people at Lookout point while I had the Red Rock Trail and viewpoint all to myself.Red Rock ViewpointThe Red Rock Trail is a breeze going down but be careful if it is wet because it could be slippery also during the early spring and late fall this particular trail might be closed due to snow or ice.  The trail was well paved and ends with a series of wooden boardwalks as you get closer to the viewpoint.  Going back was a bit tough so make sure you take breaks as needed and some water made it much easier.  Due to the high elevation of Yellowstone, along with climbing 500 feet in such a short space, it can be a little taxing even on those that are in decent shape.Red Rock Trial

There are many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park to choose from, some are roadside falls like 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 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.Lookout PointLower Falls from Red Rock Trail
¾ of Mile Roundtrip
Moderate Level Trail with 500 feet of Elevation gain coming back
20 to 30 Minutes

To see all of our reviews of things to do in Yellowstone National Park click here and for more information about the park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

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