Grand Prismatic in Winter Courtesy of Visit Jackson Hole

Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

The dramatic, 1,000-foot-deep Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River provides spectacular views of rock walls eroded into different colors and hues, as well pristine waterfalls. 

The Grand Canyon has walking and hiking trails available for all abilities so that the entire family can take in this panorama. Several miles of trails connect 10 primary overlooks that afford dramatic views from both sides of the canyon.

Roughly 20 miles long and varying from 1,500 to 4,000 feet wide, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is believed to have formed as the Yellowstone River eroded softer, less resistant rock that had been weakened by hydrothermal gases and hot water, according to geologists.

The erosion and multitude of colorful hues make this canyon truly a natural work of art, with red, orange, gold, black, and even green layering through the canyon’s exposed walls. 

From self-guided hikes and tours to hiring an outfitter, Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon is one feature not to be missed on your next trip to the park.