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The majestic Yosemite Waterfalls are iconic symbols of scenic beauty as they are set in impossibly scenic valleys and canyons. It's primarily for this reason that we consider Yosemite National Park to be California's Waterfall Mecca.

Every year, millions of visitors pay homage to Yosemite National Park's grandeur and beauty. I once heard on a Travel Channel show that the first white men who saw the incomparable Yosemite Valley were so awestruck by its beauty that it made them cry. It's one of those places that you've got to see at least once in your life - especially in Spring when the waterfalls thunder as they tumble and plunge their way down from vertical cliffs at least 1000ft tall!

The concentration of towering cataracts within its incomparable Valley as well as its variety of falls outside the Valley have delighted us to the point that we've been to this park many times. We've been so enamored with the waterfalls here that some of them even made it onto our Top 10 Waterfalls of the USA List as well as our Top 10 Waterfalls of the World List.

Yellowstone Waterfalls are merely a side attraction in a place where variety reigns supreme. Featuring geysers, colorful pools, heaps of wildlife, and a Grand Canyon of its own, you'll understand why the region became America's first National Park (and quite possibly the world's first).

I tend to think of this park as the American Safari because you'll find yourself in a landscape where its residents (e.g. bison, elk, wolves, bears, moose, etc.) are as much a part of the park experience as its photogenic geological features. Some of these organisms (especially bears) have gained such celebrity status that traffic jams occur when they're spotted. In a way, us park visitors now play the role of the paparazzi. ;)

In addition to the wildlife, Yellowstone is also world famous for its thermal attractions. Sitting in the caldera of a supervolcano, the land feels like it is alive with such features as...

  • shooting geysers
  • mesmerizing colored pools
  • artistic terraces
  • belching vents
  • deceptively calm acid pools
  • bubbling mud pools.

The star attraction of its thermal features is Old Faithful Geyser. It's the most predictable geyser you'll ever find and seeing this thing go off like clockwork is something to behold.

While it's easy to become a wildlife fan, a geyser hunter, or a thermal pool collector, waterfall lovers won't be disappointed with the array of cataracts and cascades that comprise the Yellowstone Waterfalls. The most famous of the Yellowstone Waterfalls is Lower Falls, which sits at the head of the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Browse through the pages below to see the other Yellowstone Waterfalls dancing in the park...





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OUR FAVORITES

Some of the waterfalls in this region were considered amongst our favorites and thus have made one or more of our top 10 lists. To see which of these lists have featured waterfalls from this region, see below!



Top 10 Waterfalls in the USA




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WATERFALL SUBREGIONS

Below are the waterfall subregions that we've been to. Click on a subregion for more details about the area and its waterfalls.



Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River Northern Grand Loop (Canyon/Mammoth/Roosevelt): Anchored by Yellowstone's own Grand Canyon, this section of the park also features colorful terraces, a large wolf-spotting area, and several waterfalls. But it's here that you'll probably find the largest of the Yellowstone Waterfalls. In fact, I bet you'll have a hard time figuring out how to prioritize what you want to see given so many choices...

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Looking down at Gibbon Falls Southern Grand Loop (Madison/Norris/Old Faithful/Yellowstone Lake): While this region is dominated by the park's most famous geysers and thermal pools, you'll also find pleasant Yellowstone Waterfalls sprinkled in this living landscape.

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Partial downwards view of Terraced Falls Bechler Backcountry: This rugged and remote section of the park is also known as the "Cascade Corner." That's because it houses the largest concentration of Yellowstone Waterfalls. However, you'll have to be willing to do some hard hiking in order to explore this waterfall lover's paradise...

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Burney Falls Reader Submissions: We can't possibly visit every single waterfall in Yellowstone. Fortunately, there are readers kind enough to share their knowledge and experiences by writing up their own guides for those waterfalls that we haven't been to.

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MORE INFO

Are you researching for an upcoming trip to this region? We've got additional information concerning non-waterfall attractions, our own travel stories, reviews of books and maps, or even writeups concerning the logistics of what it takes to come here and what to expect! Check out the following links...



Morning Glory Pool Yellowstone's Other Attractions: There's more to the world's first national park than waterfalls. If you're curious about the area's other natural attractions or you're suffering from waterfall fatigue, have a look! [read more]




Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone Travel Stories: Read about the stories behind the World of Waterfalls. See Yellowstone (and the Grand Tetons) through our eyes while becoming more informed about this beautiful region. In this section, you will find travel journals that will leave you laughing, smiling, curious, or just about all the emotions you'd expect when you're traveling to an unknown place. [read more]




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THE WATERFALLS LIST

If you already have a waterfall in mind that you'd like to see details about, browse the list below...


NORTHERN GRAND LOOP (CANYON/MAMMOTH/ROOSEVELT)

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SOUTHERN GRAND LOOP (MADISON/NORRIS/OLD FAITHFUL/YELLOWSTONE LAKE)

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BECHLER BACKCOUNTRY

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READER SUBMISSIONS

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