Of all Yellowstone National Park’s waterfalls, the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River are possibly the most underrated. At a thundering height of 109 feet, the falls are overshadowed by the nearby Lower Falls, which tumble 308 feet through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as the highest waterfall in the park. Despite its popular neighbor, however, the Upper Falls is an impressive sight that’s more than worthy of a stop—and would more than likely be the highlight of virtually any other park. For a dramatic perspective of the Upper Falls drop, a short spur trail leads to a platform called Brink of the Upper Falls, where you’ll gaze below at the fine cloud of spray drifting up from the canyon below. Hear the roar of thousands of gallons rushing past you every second, as it continues to carve a ravenous swath through the middle of Yellowstone Canyon.
The most accessible views of the Upper Falls are from the Uncle Tom’s parking area, located just south of Canyon Village and five minutes from the Lower Falls. By following the Southern Rim Trail it’s easy to experience both the Lower and Upper Falls via a short, half‐mile hike.