10 Best Waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park

There are about 300 waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park. While you may not be able to see all of them during your trip to Yellowstone, you can see a select few.  Here are the top ten Yellowstone waterfalls. 

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The 10 Best Waterfalls In Yellowstone National Park

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1. Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls Yellowstone

Height: 70 feet

Location: Upper Geyser Basin

Mystic Falls are on the Little Firehole River, as it tumbles over a series of ledges in a small canyon.  They are some of the prettiest waterfalls Yellowstone National Park has, but you need to hike to see them.

The 2.4-mile trail leaves from Biscuit Basin and goes along a creek through a conifer forest before arriving at the falls.  You can return the way you came, or add another 1.5 miles to your hike by continuing in a big loop back to the trailhead.  

2. Lewis Falls 

Lewis Falls Yellowstone

Height: 30 feet 

Location: Half way between the South Entrance and Grant Village 

These small but beautiful Yellowstone National Park waterfalls are on the Lewis River in the south region of the park.  

If you are heading south, you’ll see them from the road easily.  If you’re heading north, pull off after you cross the Lewis River Bridge, as they are on the other side of the road.  A short walk gets you closer to the falls (where this photo was taken).  

3. Undine Falls 

Undine Falls yellowstone

Height: 60 feet 

Location: 4 miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs 

These beautiful waterfalls in Yellowstone Park are along Lava Creek as it drops over three tiers totaling 60 feet.  They can be easily seen from an overlook next to a pullout on the side of the road (on the left if you’re headed east).  You can also hike a short trail to the brink of the falls.  

4. Osprey Falls 

Osprey Falls Yellowstone

Height: 150 feet 

Location: 5 miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs 

Some of the most beautiful waterfalls at Yellowstone National Park, the falls on the Gardner River plunge over the edge of a lava flow. 

They are reached by an 8-mile out-and-back hike. From the trailhead just south of Golden Gate, the trail crosses grassland before descending into one of the park’s deepest canyons, Sheepeater Canyon.   

5. Fairy Falls 

Fairy Falls Yellowstone National Park past Grand Prismatic Spring

Height: 200 feet 

Location: Midway Geyser Basin 

These are some of the tallest falls in the park.  They are a single drop on Fairy Creek. The falls are reached by hiking 5.4 miles round trip from Fairy Falls Trailhead past Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook and through a lodgepole pine forest.

They make a great spot for a picnic lunch. You can continue another half a mile to Imperial Geyser and Spray Geyser.  An alternate route start/ ends at the end of Fountain Flat Drive. 

6. Gibbon Falls 

Gibbon Falls yellowstone

Height: 80 feet 

Location: Halfway between Madison Junction and Norris Geyser Basin 

Gibbon Falls are cascading falls on the Gibbon River and can be seen from a view platform next to the parking area.  A short 0.5-mile round trip hike takes you to another viewpoint where you can see them from below.  

Just off the side of the road, on the east side, they’re some of the most accessible falls Yellowstone has. 

7. Firehole Falls 

Firehole Falls Yellowstone

Height: 40 feet 

Location: Firehole Canyon Drive 

They may not be the tallest falls at Yellowstone National Park, but they make a great stop on the beautiful Firehole Canyon Scenic drive. They gush over a drop of hardened lava in the Firehole River, a short way upstream from the Firehole River swim area. 

8. Union Falls 

Union Falls Yellowstone

Height: 250 feet 

Location: The Bechler region in the southwest (back country) corner of the park 

Without a doubt some of the most breathtaking falls Yellowstone National Park has, Union Falls require some effort to get to.

The waterfalls are actually the second tallest falls in the park – and many people consider them the most beautiful – but you need to hike 15 miles round trip to get there. The hike includes fording the Fall River and has an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet. 

The reward at the end is a unique tent-shaped waterfall formed by two branches of Mountain Ash Creek converging that will take your breath away. 

9. Tower Fall

Tower Fall Yellowstone

Height: 132 feet 

Location: 3 miles south of Tower-Roosevelt Junction 

Tower Creek plunges over a steep drop just before joining Yellowstone River. The narrow single drop fall is easily reached by a short trail from Tower Fall parking area/ grocery store/ picnic area.  There are interesting rock columns at the top of the falls, formed by a lava flow.  

Tower Fall is near the start of the Lamar Valley scenic drive.

10. Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River 

This post is about the 10 best waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park, but the Falls of the Yellowstone River are divided into the Upper and Lower Falls, so technically there are 11.  They are separated by a bend in a river, so can’t actually be seen together. 

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Height: 109 feet 

Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone 

The falls aren’t as tall as the larger Lower Falls, but are still spectacular, and are more accessible.  A very short walk from the Uncle Tom’s Point parking lot takes you to the classic view of the falls, with the Chittenden Bridge in the background. 

It’s also possible to walk to the Brink of the Upper Falls on a short 450-foot path from the north rim of the canyon.  

11. Lower Yellowstone Falls 

Lower Yellowstone Falls rainbow

Height: 308 feet 

Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone 

The largest and most spectacular falls in Yellowstone, they are almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. 

There are several classic viewpoints.  Perhaps the most famous is Artist Point, where you have a panoramic view of the colorful canyon with the falls at the end. 

Time your visit just right to see a rainbow at the bottom of the falls.  If you follow my detailed Yellowstone Itinerary, you will be there at exactly the right moment to see the rainbow! 

Other classic views include from Red Rock Point, below the rim of the canyon, and the Brink of the Lower Falls, another challenging steep hike below the north rim.   

Read about these hikes – and others – in my post about the Best Hikes in Yellowstone

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Yellowstone Waterfalls FAQs

Where are the two largest waterfalls in Yellowstone?

The largest waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park are the Lower Yellowstone Falls. Although many people mistakenly think that the second tallest waterfalls in the park are the Upper Yellowstone Falls, they are actually Union Falls.

How many waterfalls are in Yellowstone?

There are almost 300 waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park. We have just looked at the best 11 here.

Where is the big waterfall in Yellowstone?

The biggest waterfall is in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, near Canyon Village.

How far is the hike to Lower Falls, Yellowstone?

The hike to the Brink of the Lower Falls is just 0.8 miles roundtrip, but is very steep. Read about this and other Yellowstone Hikes for more details.

Do Yellowstone Falls freeze?

Yes, they do. You can see these falls in winter, but it does take some planning. Check out my Guide to Visiting Yellowstone in Winter for more information.

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