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Yellowstone's Canyon Village area is testament to the Rocky Mountain's ancient geological history. Molded by volcanic eruptions and shaped for thousands of years by faulting and changing river flows, Yellowstone's Grand Canyon is the park's deepest chasm. The Yellowstone River courses through this gorge, which is more than 20 miles long and 1,000 feet deep. Breathtaking in its size, the canyon marked by rainbow colored rhyolite walls, plunging waterfalls and spectacular vistas that seem to stretch forever.
Numerous trails wind through the area, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. The North and South Rim trails skirt close to the river, providing easy walks, and spectacular views of the gorge below. Other more strenuous hikes, such as Uncle Tom's trail, allow you to descend into the canyon and should be reserved for the physically fit. The areaï¿½s two waterfalls, Upper and Lower Falls, can also be seen from various overlooks along the canyon's rim.
Horse rental is available in the Canyon Village complex, which is equipped with a wide range of visitor amenities, including a lodge and camping facilities.
Canyon Village, which sits at 7,734 feet above sea level, is linked to the Tower-Roosevelt area by the northeastern stretch of the Grand Loop Road. Ascending the 8,859-foot Dunraven Pass, the road skirts a grizzly bear range (that is closed to human entry) and cuts through a lodge pole forest that was damaged by the Yellowstone fire of 1988.
Due to high elevation, the pass is closed from early November to late May and during summer construction periods. Visitors are advised to check with the Canyon visitor facilities to confirm any expected road delays.
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Compass American Guides: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, 1st Edition by Brian Kevin. Fodor's Compass American Guides have a new design and practical information you need to make the most of your visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Easy-to-use practical information you need to get around and experience the best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Order now...
Explorer's Guide Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and Jackson Hole: A Great Destination, 3rd Edition by Sherry Moore and Jeff Welsch. This guide has all the information needed to experience these great destinations including lodging and dining options. Over 100 color photographs are also included. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Yellowstone National Park by Don Pitcher. 80-page compact guide covering must-see attractions and maps with sightseeing highlights. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps. Order now...
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country by Seymour L. Fishbein. Yellowstone Country tours the stunning region that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a mosaic of national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, countless waterfalls, hot springs and two-thirds of the world's active geysers. Order now...
Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple. Easy-to-understand scientific explanations and diagrams complement detailed travel tips. This revised edition includes 270 pages of road logs and enhanced information for senior and disabled visitors and tips for visiting the park with children. Fully revised geological, historical, and practical information. Order now...
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