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 glacial activity and the rushing curthe Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the primary attraction in Canyon Country and one of the most popular hiking areas in the park. Approximately 20 miles long, half a mile wide and nerent of the Yellowstone River, nearly 1,000 feet deep, this is 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 allow you to see the canyon and the falls from different viewpoints (Artist Point is a favorite).
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is located in the northeast corner of the park, about 40 mines north of Yellowstone's East Entrance. Canyon Village, which features a visitor's center, a lodge and several dining facilities, can be found less than half a mile north of the canyon's north rim.
Check Yellowstone's website for specific opening and closing dates of facilities, plus operating hours.