Wyoming August 22, 2018
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Wyoming Who Loves Waterfall Hikes
There are about a bazillion beautiful waterfalls in Wyoming, so if you love hiking near cascades, you’re in the right state. If you’re new to the Cowboy State, or just new to outdoor adventuring, here’s a Wyoming waterfall hike bucket list to get you started seeing our most beautiful falls.
1. Explore the hidden Wraith Falls.
Wraith Falls got its name in 1885 when teams from the United States Geological Survey were touring the Yellowstone area. The surveyors thought the falls resembled a ghost, and named it so. Today, you can access this little-known fall via the half-mile Wraith Falls Trail in northern Yellowstone Park.
2. See Crystal Falls, the Canyon's underappreciated cousin.
While everyone goes crazy over the Upper and Lower Falls, Crystal Falls is absolutely breathtaking. The cascade begins 129 feet up, which makes it taller than the Upper Falls. Enjoy watching Cascade Creek fall into the beautiful Yellowstone River from this spot.
3. Gawk at North America's most spectacular waterfall.
Forget Niagara - there is nothing on the contient that's as impressive as the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. This beautiful cascade tumbles down into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and it's sure to take your breath away when you see it. Take Uncle Tom's Trail to the base of the falls to get as close as possible to this powerful natural wonder.
4. Sneak away to discover Undine Falls, one of Yellowstone's hidden gems.
This waterfall is just off of Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone, and it rarely draws a crowd. Watch water plunge 60' over three drops that create a gorgeous landscape you'll remember forever.
5. Relax after a hike to Hidden Falls.
Cascade Creek drops 100 feet at this gorgeous trail that can be tough to find. If you're near Jenny Lake in the Tetons, it's worth a side trip of just a few miles to see this pretty cascade.
6. Make the trek to Colonnade Falls
You'll have to trek for over a dozen miles, but the view of Colonnade Falls along the Bechler River is absolutely breathtaking!. The two falls include the 35' tall upper falls and the majestic lower falls, which flow from 67' feet above the earth.
7. Enjoy the view from Shell Falls in the Bighorns.
Shell Falls Interpretive Center offers some easy trails right off the highway, so this is a great "first falls" for younger hikers. There is plenty of explore and learn about this beautiful area in the Bighorn Mountains.
8. Scramble down to the base of Porcupine Falls.
This out-and-back-trail is less than a mile long, but it's deceivingly steep. Still, the view from the base of the falls is beautiful, and you'll be just down the road from
Bucking Mule Falls
, so you can visit two in one trip.
If you’d prefer to make a weekend out of tracking down Wyoming cascades, check out our
Perfect Weekend Itinerary For Exploring Wyoming’s Waterfalls and plan yourself a waterfall road trip!