Inspiration Point, Yellowstone National Park

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  • We took an afternoon to view the Upper and Lower Falls, and Artist Point should not be missed. We were there in June, so we always found a parking space, but traffic moves pretty slowly. It is one of ...  more »
  • This is a great place to stop late in the day, before the sun sets, but after 6 PM. We stopped here at about 7:30 PM on a June evening. We had just done the brink of the lower falls hike and I thought...  more »
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  • If you are wanting a good experience to take in the magnificence of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone I recommend hiking the North Rim. I suggest starting at Inspiration point, because I love a hike with a fantastic build up to the golden jewel of the hike. In this case it is the mesmerizing Lower Falls. Round trip, the hike will be about 4 miles if you go down to the Brink of the Lower Falls (recommended). The trail will take you past the Grand View, Lookout Point and to the Brink of the Lower Falls. Some sections of the trail are paved (between Grand View and Lookout Point) while the rest is gravel and packed dirt. The trail is mostly flat so it makes for easy going. Going down to the Brink is the only section that has significant elevation change. It consists of multiple switch backs that drop about 300 ft into the canyon. Just take it easy and watch your footing. Hiking the north rim lets you see the canyon from multiple angles and get many glimpses of the Lower Falls. The color and diversity of the canyon are immense and beautiful to take in over the course of the hike. One of the big benefits of hiking the North Rim is you don’t have the crowds in between each stopping point. This allows you to experience Yellowstone Grand Canyon in peace and quiet and get a feel for what it was like without the parking lots and hoards of people. Once you reach the Lower Falls from Inspiration point you feel as if you have have been well prepared to take in the full scale and power of Lower Falls at the Brink. Then as you hike back it allows your mind the opportunity to process the whole experience. Which in my opinion is a necessary step to solidify a moment in your memory. This has definitely been one of my favorite hikes in Yellowstone.
  • The views of the canyon and the river are gorgeous--it is an amazing gorge in its own right. The views at Artist's Point are better (but only because Artist's Point is one of the top 10 viewpoints in the United States if not the world).
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