Uncle Tom's Trail

  • Uncle Tom"s Trail - Yellowstone River, in the Yellowstone Grand Canyon - © By Flickr User alh1
  • Uncle Tom"s Trail - Why it"s called Yellowstone - © By Flickr User bschmove
  • Uncle Tom"s Trail - View of Lower Falls - © By Flickr User daveynin
  • Uncle Tom"s Trail -  - © By Flickr User Joe Shlabotnik

Key information: Uncle Tom's Trail

  • A short walk, which has been in use since Uncle Tom Richardson began taking visitors along it in 1898.
  • The trail leads you from the top of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon down to the base of the lower falls, providing beautiful views along the way.
  • As well as the shape and colours of the canyon itself, the sight of the crashing waterfalls with their ever-present rainbow streaking through the spray is stunning.
  • The easy access to this walk (from the parking off Artist Point Road), its short length and rewarding views make it great for a quick stop-off however, be prepared for many other people doing the same thing!
  • This is a fairly easy climb down some 300 steps; however it is, obviously, a bit tougher coming back up! Bears can cause real problems. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating78
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating78
  • Note: Negs: popularity.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 1 hour
  • Level of Difficulty: Straightforward

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Uncle Tom's Trail -  - © By Flickr User Joe Shlabotnik
Uncle Tom's Trail - View of Lower Falls - ©By Flickr User daveynin

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