Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Crystal Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Crystal Falls Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 462 feet Route Type: Out & Back


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It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Note: As of May 2019, closures are still prevalent in the area. The South Rim Trail is closed between Chittenden Bridge and the new Discovery Point Overlook. North Rim Trail is closed between Brink of the Lower Falls and Chittenden Bridge for construction. Uncle Tom's Trail may be closed due to wet or slick conditions. Additional, short-term closures may occur throughout the year.

7 months ago

Do all of this. Yellowstone canyon is a beaut!

8 months ago

Beautiful waterfall!

Beginning of trail was closed

9 months ago

Amazing view

10 months ago

beatuiful to see. got lots of photos with rainbows. very crowded but worth the quick walk.

11 months ago

Only did the upper and lower portions while the kids did the whole loop. I brought them lunch at artist point. The views were great! The trails are a little crowded, but that was expected.

11 months ago

the upper falls was closed but we hiked the lower falls which was a simple hike with a beautiful view.

Wed May 29 2019

Beautiful trail. South rim is still closed from the starting marker on here, but you can pick it up from the Uncle Tom's parking area. Uncle Tom's was still closed too.

Thu Dec 27 2018

Best to go in late August. Going in the middle of summer you will share this trail with hundreds of other people. To crowded in the heart of summer.

Mon Sep 10 2018

I believe park of that was closed - but key view point at the end was amazing

Wed Aug 08 2018

Easy walking trail though you might get a bit winded. We walked down to lower falls but could also see the upper falls. Fantastic view!! Worth it. Lower falls has a platform right at the falls so you can be at the edge and see the water go over, super cool!

Sat Jul 14 2018

Closures really put a damper on our hike but we were still able to see all 3 falls from afar! Gorgeous views the whole hike.

Sun Jul 08 2018

The Upper Falls were closed so I was only able to hike the Lower. It’s steep in places and I travel with my preschooler so with the crowd of people and the edge of the trail dropping off abruptly in spots it was a bit nerve racking. The end result is absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. My sons enjoyed seeing the rainbow over the fall.

Sun Jun 17 2018

South Rim is closed at the moment. We were only able to go out to Artist View overlook.

Mon May 21 2018

Yellowstone was amazing, I can't wait to go back. Such a variety of spectacular waterfalls. I need a longer visit.

Mon Mar 26 2018

Did both north and south rim. Did this after hike on Mt washborn in the morning and was a fantastic day moderate rating may be fair but also Points a bit to the easier side in spots. Fun and most anyone can enjoy this

Tue Sep 05 2017

This was my best hike in Yellowstone that is a must do. The waterfalls looks spectacular and beautiful. I have not seen something like it before.

Thu Jul 06 2017

I went on this trail during the 4th of July weekend so it was very packed with people. It was still an amazing experience and the views were great! There were multiple places to get great views and being able to get right next to the water flowing over really showed how powerful this waterfall was.

Tue Jul 04 2017

Great trail! Be aware, part of the trail between bridge over S Rim Dr and beginning of Uncle Tom's Trail is closed for construction (in July 2017 at least).

Fri Jun 23 2017

We started this trail at the Wasili Lake trailhead and took the Clear Lake Branch. We took the trail past Clear Lake through an awesome Geo Thermal area and then connected with the lower rim trail. We then continued to Point Sublime and then turned back to Artist Point. The trail along the Canyon was very heavily trafficked as opposed to the Clear Lake part of the trail which was incredibly serene. Also there is construction in the Toms Cabin portion of the lower rim and the trail does not connect back down near the Original trailhead. We had to hike the last mile along the road. The main issues with this trail were construction and all the people.

Tue Jun 20 2017

This is a must see in Yellowstone.

Mon Feb 20 2017


Mon Oct 10 2016

The south rim trail is a great way to experience the Canyon, which was one of our favorite parts of Yellowstone. There are great views of the waterfalls, and the trek down the steep stairs of Uncle Tom's Trail gives another vantage and is worth checking out.

Sat Aug 27 2016


Wed Aug 17 2016

This trail was amazing. I did it when there was still some snow on the ground in the month of June. was very muddy and wet, but well worth it. Amazing views all around. Very crowded area at times.

Sun Aug 07 2016

Some good views with a few steep hills. Very well traveled.

Sun Jul 17 2016

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Loved the falls, but trail quite crowded with tourists close to the falls overlooks.

Mon Feb 29 2016

was our favorite place to see in yellowstone absolutely amazing !!

Fri Sep 25 2015

Rolling hills, and nice views. This is called the South Rim Trail on the maps in the park.

Fri Sep 04 2015

beautiful hike! worth the effort

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