Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park

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Gibbon Falls is a waterfall on the Gibbon River in northwestern Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Gibbon Falls has a drop of approximately 84ft. The falls are located roadside, 4.7mi upstream from the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers at Madison Junction on the Grand Loop Road.HistoryThe falls were first described by William Henry Jackson during the second Hayden geological survey of 1872. There is no historical record as to how they got their name, but by the mid-1880s, they were routinely referred to as Gibbon Falls in both government and commercial accounts of the park.In 1883, in his The Yellowstone National Park-A Manual for Tourists, Henry J. Winser described the falls:In 1895, Hiram M. Chittenden described Gibbon Falls in his Yellowstone National Park-Historical and Descriptive. In 1895, the road was on the opposite side of the river from where it runs today.Barrier to fish migrationWhen the Washburn and Hayden parties traveled through the Firehole River and Gibbon River basins in the 1870s, the Gibbon River above Gibbon Falls was barren of fish, the falls being a natural barrier to upstream migration. Unlike the Yellowstone drainage, the upper Gibbon was isolated from any connection to drainages on the Pacific slope. The absence of fish was overcome in 1890 when the first Rainbow trout were introduced into the river above the falls. In 1920, Arctic Grayling, native in the Gibbon and Madison Rivers below the falls were stocked in Grebe Lake at the headwaters of the Gibbon. Today, the falls still block upstream migrations of spawning trout from the Madison River, but the upper Gibbon has become a consistent trout fishery because of these introductions.
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  • We drove past this one in the middle of a July day, because the parking lot was overflowing. On our way back to our cabin in the early evening we stopped, and only shared the space with a handful of c...  more »
  • Excluding the big ones like Tower Falls and the Upper and Lower Canyon falls, this is our second favorite waterfall in Yellowstone and is such an easy stop that it's worth seeing. Our favorite falls a...  more »
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  • I've loved this place for 50 years. It's a great place to take the kids to see spectacular beauty. Go early in the morning to avoid some of the crowds. For the older crowd, you can park close by and still see the site well. Saw Hawks and eagles nearby. Please include this easy to find and enjoy beauty.
  • Amazing views. Can't wait to go again.
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