There are 290 waterfalls of at least 15 feet (4.6m) high in Yellowstone National Park. The highest one, Lower Falls, is also the most powerful.
Feeding from the Yellowstone River, it boasts the largest volume of water of all waterfalls in the Rocky Mountains.
Located in the state of Wyoming, near Yellowstone’s Canyon Village, Lower Falls can be accessed via a loop road as well as trails.
One of Yellowstone’s most popular sights, Lower Falls is 308 feet tall (twice the height of Niagara). Up river, out of sight from Lower Falls, is Upper Falls.
Surrounding the Lower Falls are majestic canyons, known as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Carved by the Yellowstone River, it is 24 miles (39km) long and 1,200 feet (370m) deep.
Natural features and activities such as rhyolite rock and other minerals, hydrothermal alteration, erosion, and oxidizing resulted in the unique coloration of the canyon. More about the Canyon here.
The chromatic canyons, raging waterfalls, and rushing river present breathtaking vistas.
I have memorable images of wonderful waterfalls all over this earth, but my favorite feature here at Lower Falls is the green stripe.
Look closely (first photo) at the upper left hand side of the waterfall, you may be able to see the bright green stripe of water.
It is mesmerizing to be there in person, watching. Emerald water plunging over the brink of the falls.
There is a notch there that makes the water deeper, and keeps it from becoming frothy, thereby causing the water to appear darker as it rushes over the edge.
In this spectacular place where humans have lived for 11,000 years, time shifts. Amid lakes, mountain ranges, waterfalls, wild animals, and thousands of geysers; it is impossible to see everything in two weeks, or even a lifetime.
But being here, seeing what Native Americans, explorers, presidents, and millions of other viewers have revered over the centuries, you can breathe in the marvels and know utter fortune.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander