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Yellowstone Upper Falls

Yellowstone Upper Falls

Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Basics

The Upper Falls are often overshadowed by the nearby Lower Falls, which tumble 308 feet (94 meters) through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone—the highest waterfall in the park. The most accessible views of the Upper Falls are from the Uncle Tom’s parking area, located just south of Canyon Village and five minutes from the Lower Falls. By following the Southern Rim Trail, it’s easy to experience both the Lower and Upper Falls via a short, half‐mile hike.

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Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour
Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour
$299.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The Best!
Andrew, our tour guide, was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, you-name-it. He was the best. I would do this tour again at the drop of a hat, especially if Andrew is the guide. Fantastic scenery, wildlife, etc.
Lawrence_R, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Yellowstone National Park

star-5
Greg was a wonderful guide.
jainramb, Oct 2021
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
I enjoyed this 2-day trip. The best part of the trip was the guide Greg himself who was respectful and caring to the customers. However, there should be a better clarity about what sites you just pass by and what sites you stop t and explore. Also, why stay so far in Chico, MT. Why not in West Yellowstone or Gradiner.
star-5
A+++ experience!
Karen_A, Jul 2021
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
Eddie was an awesome guide. His passion was evident in all the information he provided. A+++ experience.
star-5
We're so lucky to be able to visit Yellowstone.
Martha_W, Sep 2021
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
Our guide, Eddie, was a great source of information about the park, its history and geology, and the wildlife. He was courteous, patient and fun-loving. One concern we had was that he had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 and did not wear a mask. Therefore the 7 people in his van, who had all been vaccinated, wore masks whenever we were in the van with him. Had he been vaccinated or worn a mask, we might have felt less compelled to do so ourselves. Great guide, great tour, learned a lot, Chico's hot springs hotel was a plus.
star-5
Two Great Days in Yellowstone!
Julie_G, Sep 2021
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
This two day trip exceeded all expectations. Eddie was a fantastic guide who brought Yellowstone to life. We had no idea just how wonderful this American treasure is. So so much more than Old Faithful. There is just nothing like it. We saw so much wildlife — bison, elk, and pronghorn. We had Better luck seeing black bears in Tetons and went home without a glimpse of a grizzly. Yet someone on our tour was lucky to get a good picture of a grizzly from their day prior. Pickup and drop off was seamless. Just pack overnight things in your backpack and take your swimsuit. The stay at the Chico’s resort spa was a treat, reasonably priced (Not included in tour price) and so historically quaint. We made good use of the spa and spa side drink service after we got in and before dinner. Fine dining is available onsite and all our dishes were amazing. Bummed about being sold out of bison rib-eye. Wish I’d thought to make reservations for 7 or 7:30 ahead of time. They were booked solid but happened to have a no show or it would have been burgers or nachos from the Grill. One of our group booked late and had to find a place in Gardiner where we dropped them off and then met for breakfast. They had a nice time checking out the town and had a great game dinner at Iron Horse, so they were happy too.
star-5
Amazing experience, HIGHLY recommended.
Michael_K, Jul 2021
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
Touring Yellowstone with a guide is a great way to go, there is so much to see, but our guide Eddie made it an experience our family will never forget. His knowledge of the area was only surpassed by his amazing warmth and friendliness. After two days with him, we felt like he is part of the family. He knew all the great spots to hit, he found bears, elk, bison (of course), pronghorn, and he even knew where the wolves den was, though we didn't get to see them unfortunately. The van was new, comfortable, and provided great visibility for the passengers. It was a tall Sprinter van, so we could all see great. Eddie had binoculars and a spotting scope so we could really see the animals up close. I was able to take pics of a grisly bear through the scope, turned out great.
star-4
Very good except for stay at Chico Hotel
RAJARAM_V, Sep 2019
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
The stay at Chico Hotel was the worst part of the trip.not meant for vegetarians.instead we could have been put with to Yellowstone). There is no need to go Chico Hotel.The guide Greg Eiks is very good: well informed, patient, took great care of travelers.
star-5
YELLOWSTONE
BrookeA_N, Oct 2018
2-Day Yellowstone National Park Upper and Lower Loop Exploration
Joe was a very experienced, knowledgable guide. We got to see everything but a grizzly bear. He answered all questions. Joe made us feel like a long lost friend. I would recommend this trip to anyone. It was well worth the money.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Upper Falls are a must-see for those looking to get off the beaten track in Yellowstone.

  • Don’t forget your camera; the views of the falls and surrounding Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone are spectacular.

  • The short paved trail at the top of Brink of the Lower Falls offers wheelchair-accessible views of Upper Falls.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to the falls, located near Canyon Village, is by car. Take North Rim Drive to see the Upper Falls from the Brink of Lower Falls parking area, or opt for South Rim Drive to see the falls from the parking area for Uncle Tom’s Point.

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When to Get There

The best time to see the Upper Falls is in late spring and early summer, when snowmelt swells the Yellowstone River and the falls’ water volume is at its most impressive. Come during the winter to avoid crowds and see the falls in all their frozen beauty.

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Waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park

The Upper and Lower Falls are only two of the hundreds of waterfalls that dot the landscape within the nation’s oldest national park. Crystal Falls, also located in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, is visible from South Rim Trail. Other easily accessible falls include Firehole Falls, located just off Firehole Canyon Scenic Drive; Tower Fall, near Canyon Village; Gibbon Falls, between Madison and Norris Junctions; and the Kepler Cascades, situated just south of Old Faithful.

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