Lookout Point

Top choice in Yellowstone National Park

Popular Lookout Point, near Canyon Village, offers the best views of the Lower Falls. An adjacent 0.5-mile trail drops 500ft to Red Rock for even closer views – the average age of the crowd plummets with the elevation (it’s hard on the knees). The trails can be very slippery, so watch your step. It was around here that iconic early painter Thomas Moran made the sketches for his famous painting of the canyon, allegedly weeping over the lack of colors in his palette.

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