Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
- Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Formed over thousands of years of erosion caused by wind, water and other natural forces, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the primary attraction in Canyon Village and one of the most popular hiking areas in the park. The canyon stretches approximately 20 miles long and about half a mile wide. Just as remarkable as the canyon's terra-cotta hued cliff walls is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, which is nearly 1,000 feet deep, and earns the title of longest undammed river in the country, meandering for more than 600 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is also the first large canyon on the river south of Yellowstone Falls (the falls found in the canyon itself are the Upper and Lower Falls), and its golden cliffs are quite a sight. Several lookout areas, including Lookout Point, Red Rock Point and various spots along the South Rim Trail, allow you to see the canyon and the falls from different viewpoints (Artist Point is a favorite for those looking to catch sight of the Lower Falls).
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is located in the northeast corner of the park, about 40 miles north of Yellowstone's East Entrance. Canyon Village, which features a visitors center, a lodge and several dining facilities, can be found less than half a mile north of the canyon's north rim.
Check the National Park Service's Canyon Village Area page for specific opening and closing dates of facilities, road maps of points of interest, a list of ranger-led programs and operating hours.