After visiting the Upper Geyser Basin with its geysers Old Faithful, Beehive, Grand and Castle, it was clear to us that we wanted to see the fascinating Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. What could be better to spend the nights in the nearby Canyon Village? From there it is a short walk and you are at the north rim of the canyon. On the evening of arrival we hiked to the canyon edge for a short visit. The footpath from the Canyon Village ends directly at the Grand View. From there you have a fantastic view into the 1000 feet deep canyon. Especially in the afternoon hours of summer, the southern rim is illuminated by the sun, consisting of red and yellow tufa rock. Far below you can see the narrow course of the Yellowstone River, which meanders through the canyon.
In the early morning I wanted to stay at the south rim of the canyon at Artist Point. From there you have a fantastic view through the canyon to the west up to the Lower Falls. Shortly after sunrise, the walls shone with a warm glow.
At the end I waited there for two and a half hours until the sun could finally shine over the southern edge onto the waterfall. Within a few minutes you could see a rainbow in the spray of the Lower Falls! What a sight, what colors!
Afterwards the whole Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone lay in its full colourfulness in front of me. From the Artist Point you have an excellent view to the west towards the waterfall, but also to the east. with its red/yellow slopes.