August 10, 2014
The Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls were about twenty miles from our campground. The lower falls is the one most photographed. It is taller and in a more spectacular setting than the upper falls. Upper Falls is 109’ high while Lower Falls is 308’ tall.
After going to the Upper Falls viewpoint, we met-up with Kyle and family at Lookout Point on North Rim Drive. Our next stop was Grandview. From there we could see Lower Falls. And that’s where we had lunch along both sides of the walk-way as tourists from several buses walked past us. We also stopped at Inspiration Point. It’s a little further down-river. From there we had inspiring views of the canyon, but couldn’t see the falls.
Kyle and crew then drove back to the Norris Geyser area. We went to the south rim and got another good view of the Upper Falls at Uncle Tom’s Point.
Our final view-stop was at the end of South Rim Drive at Artist Point. The story goes that when an early explorer (about 1869) first stepped out of the woods near here and first saw the Lower Falls, he used the following adjectives in his description of what he saw: "pretty, beautiful, picturesque, magnificent, grand, sublime, awful, terrible." In the early 1920s this area was called Point Sublime.
In the late 1880s the point was originally named by someone who improperly thought it was the place that the painter Thomas Moran sketched his 1872 depictions of the falls. Later, however, it was determined that the sketches were made from the north rim. But the name Artist Point stuck.
From the parking area, it was just a short stroll to the viewpoint area. A sign stated that this was the most photographed view of the Lower Falls. It was truly a breath-taking, magnificent view of the Lower Falls.