The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – Lower Falls Waterfall

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - Lower Falls Waterfall


The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – Lower Falls Waterfall

I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, so when a friendly Yellowstone local advised us not to miss Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, we instantly made plans to fit it into our trip.

One of the most famous spots at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is the Lower Falls waterfall. I’m a sucker for waterfalls and huge waterfalls are a photographer’s dream.

When we first pulled up to the Lookout Point parking lot, we noticed a group of people gathered around a telescope, looking out toward a rock in the middle of the canyon. They had spotted baby Osprey birds in a nest. Unfortunately we couldn’t get a good picture of them because all we had was our 200mm lens and that wasn’t cutting it. The bird nest was just too far away.

Just a few steps from the parking lot is where you will find the Lower Falls waterfall Lookout Point.

The falls completely took my breath away. This 308-foot waterfall is the tallest waterfall I have ever seen in person. If you look closely in this photo, you will see people standing to the top right of the falls and how miniature they look compared to it.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - Lower Falls Waterfall


Photo Tip: I used a neutral density filter to capture this shot because I wanted to slow down my shutter speed in order to get a feather effect with the water. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without a neutral density filter since it was midday and extremely bright outside. This photo was taken at f/22, ISO 100, and a shutter speed of 15 seconds.


Lower Falls Video: After taking photos of Lower Falls from the Lookout Point, Scott headed down the steep trail to another view of the falls while I stayed behind. We didn’t have a lot of time and I’m not the fastest uphill hiker in the world. Not to mention, everyone coming up from the trail looked to be struggling pretty hard.

If you want to see the trail and what the view looks like from the bottom, follow Scott in this video.

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