Artist’s Waterfall

The lower falls of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, has sparked amazement and wonder for as long as they as they have been viewed. The falls are just over three hundred feet high, and are the tallest waterfalls in the Rocky Mountains. The power of the water pouring through the falls is staggering, and the constant roar underscores that constantly. Naturally, they are a highlight of any trip to Yellowstone.

This view is from Artist Point, a classic view with a classic name. This view was originally named “Artist Point” in 1883 by Frank Haynes to honor the painter Thomas Moran, who originally sketched the falls. It was Moran’s work that brought to life the compelling imagery of Yellowstone, which in turn fueled the desire to make the trek to Yellowstone, the end result being it becoming a National Park. However, as it all turns out, Moran’s view of the falls wasn’t from this point, or anywhere near it. By the time this was realized, however, the name was firmly established. What’s in a name, anyway?

In any event, it is easy to enjoy this fantastic view for hours on end.

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