Explore the most popular river trails near Canyon Village with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We used this hike as an easy first day to acclimate (coming from flat all around Minnesota), the hike starts in a hurry to get up to the top but the quick scramble pays off right away. You walk along the cliff side with views of the Yellowstone River and even a small glimpse of Tower Falls. We saw a few bison along the way which made it even better. Overall an easy, but rewarding hike.

It’s supper easy. The view isn’t a great as the lower falls in my opinion. But it’s still beautiful.

Beautiful views of the Yellowstone River with tons of wildlife sightings! There is a fairly steep incline right at the beginning but is easy once you get on top of the ridge. You have to walk along the road for the last part of the hike which downgraded this hike to a 4 for me.

This was a fantastic trail, a little hot since you are the entire time under the sun. We saw sheep, marmots, lots of birds, butterflies and quite a few wild flowers.

We started this trail at Artists Point as the early part of the trail is closed for reconstruction. The first mile is along the Grand Canyon and has to be seen to believe. Incredibly beautiful , if somewhat scary if you have a problem with heights. Then it veers off right via Clear Lake though mostly wooded areas which had a lot of fallen trees and muddy areas due to recent heavy rainfall to be negotiated. Hiking poles a big help. Our trip there & back totalled 8km , enjoyable but the first mile makes the trail.

Good, unique view of the canyon away from the crowds. The hike takes you through fields where we saw bison, marmots, badgers, and mountain goats. Trail isn’t too well marked, but the bald outlook at the middle serves as a nice midway point.

It's raining and there wasn't a soul on this trail! it was quick and easy. the water is flowing!

This was wonderful to stand above a powerful waterfall. The lower falls are bigger, but I felt the water rushing past this one was faster because the canyon is a bit narrower. At the bottom of the falls, it kicks water and spray high in the air and makes a rainbow if the sun is out.

Easy trail, great view

Amazing Area

Easy paved walk down to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls, you can watch the water shoot by and over. You get a better view looking up to the falls from downstream on some of the other trails, but the sheer water volume is impressive. Our visit was during chilly, overcast weather, but still enjoyed the roaring torrents. Worth a stop.

We saw 20+ mountain goats, antelopes and bisons on the way. Easy hiking. Breath taking view.

Fairly easy walk to a nice overview with a great look of the river and valley. Make all the more interesting with the snow falling as we walked the trail..

a paved walkway, but standing next to the falls shouldn't be missed

One of our favorite hikes of the trip. We ended up going counter clockwise and I'm so glad we did. The hike to Ribbon Lake through the meadows and forest felt long, but having the Grand Canyon and Artist Point as the payoff made it totally worth it. The diversity of terrain and surroundings kept us ooh-ing and ahh-ing the whole hike. As of our hike, parts of the South Rim Trail were still under construction so we ended up finishing out walking along the road back to our car. Can't wait to come back!

hiking
10 months ago

What a easy hike/walk This waterfall is a must. What a great view

A wonderful alternative to experiencing the canyon rim without the crowds. When I went, I only saw 4 other people- but this may be due to it being later in the afternoon, and a storm approaching. Walking back to parking lot along the street is not enjoyable. A badger ran across the trail right in front of me while traversing the meadow!

Great waterfall.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Walked this trail along the south rim and had stunningly beautiful views. Before reaching Point Sublime, we turned into the forest to Ribbon Lake. You walk past Liliy Pad lake on the way around Ribbon Lake. We came back on the ClearLake-Ribbon Lake Loop trail. This takes you back thru the forest and into a beautiful open meadow. We were greeted by the local elk casually grazing away about 30 yds from us, but wasn't very interested in what we were doing. Some local bison are in the same area near Clear Lake. They also acknowledged us, but weren't interested in anything but eating. There was a nice breeze and the fragrance of the purple lupines filled the air. We needed to turn north on the Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake loop trail but was blocked by a small bison herd that claimed that area for eating and lounging in the dirt. Not being bold enough to try and shoo them away, we decided to detour to the parking lot near the South Rim trailhead and walked back to our car along the road to the parking lot at the end of the South Rim Drive. This was just a beautiful day hike that most people could do. Just remember your insect repellant because the mosquitos were out in force this time of year.

Easy trail with a good view

walking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Again, surprised no one has reviewed or added photos here. This is an easy walk down to the brink of the upper falls. Not as high as the lower falls, but still impressive. And a much easier walk than the lower trail. Both of these trails are kind of a must do when in Yellowstone in my opinion. Not too many places where you can stand that close to the edge of a big waterfall.

walking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

A short walk to the overlook

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

On a misty, light snowy late June day, we headed down from Mt. Washburn toward Canyon and took a quick walk to the Yellowstone / Calcite Springs Overlook which gave us a sensational view of the Narrows. Some interesting info on the Interpretive signs, e.g. The Flood of Fire; however, the view of Yellowstone Falls and views along the north rim of the Canyon of the Yellowstone, one of the highlights of the trip - i.e. from Inspiration Point, Grandview Point, Lookout Point turned out to be even better.

hiking
16 days ago

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