The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.
This cool, crisp morning air has left frost on the car and beautiful ice sculptures on the lawn from overnight watering. The sunrise is spectacular. Today is a leisure day and the impromptu decision calls for touring the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
. Although tiny by comparison to Arizona
’s Grand Canyon,
it competes favorably in overwhelming beauty.
From parking in Canyon Village, a short walk leads directly to Artist's Point for the advantage of early morning light on the 308 foot (94 m) Lower Falls on Yellowstone River. Crowds have not arrived yet and there is a window of opportunity to capture images without interference. Brightly colored canyon walls glow in the morning sun.
Trail-head signs direct attention to a 1 mile (1⅝ KM) rim hike to Point Sublime which is heavily treed, and not so sublime, but there are spectacular canyon views along the way.
From the Canyon Village Visitor Center, the hike along Uncle Tom's trail leads to a head-on view of the 105 foot (32 m) Upper Falls along the Yellowstone River before continuing the descent on trail down the side of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone to the river and Crystal Falls.
Back at the village my ice-cream sundae is the same price as my hiking partner pays but my sundae is twice the size. Karma is good. Hiking at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
is an excellent leisure day.