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South Rim Trail

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Canyons
Description: Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand Canyon.
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Rather than drive all the way to Artist Point, park the car at the upper falls viewing area, and walk the south rim trail there and back. Such beautiful views of the falls along the way, and a really nice hike. A few steep areas, but I wouldn't call it "strenuous"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not quite a review of the main South Rim trail between the south falls view and artists Point as this can get busy. The best route to take is to continue from Artists Point to point sublime then branch inland towards clear lake. You'll loop back to the main car park eventually but along the way pass beautiful meadows volcanic... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a great long walk! It gets you away from the coach loads of the crowds of tourists waddling from their bus to the view point then back again. The views are well worth the walk. Just take plenty if bug spray, water and some food.

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Dunedin, Florida
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

At the end of the Artist Point area is a trail that leads to Point Sublime and/or also a nice loop trail past a lake. It offers some gorgeous views and wildlife sighting opportunities as well as a chance to separate from the crowds. Take a water and your camera and enjoy!

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Madison, WI
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Yellowstone absorbs the summer crowds pretty well, and yet the turnouts and sights most proximate to the highway can get pretty overwhelmed. I heartily urge you to take the 3-hour hike along the south rim and than back through the meadow to your starting point, which will also pass small lakes and smoldering mud pots. The canyon views are astounding... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You will escape the tour bus crowd and see some great views along this trail. Don't miss Uncle Tom's trail.

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PA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a nice trail in the Yellowstone Canyon area. It gives spectacular views of the canyon that you cannot get from normal tourists stops and it is a nice way to get away from the crowds. You can make a nice loop by taking the Clear Lake trail through a small thermal area back to the parking area. One... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

This is a great walk/hike with wonderful views of the lower falls and the Grand Canyon. We started in the Uncle Tom's parking lot and walked to Artist Point and back. The guide book said this was a four mile hike but it didn't seem that long to us, maybe 2.5-3.0 at the most? The trail is uneven at times... More

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We did this trek 1st in our tour on the south and north rims of the grand canyon of the yellowstone. We saw the rainbow just like in the picture. We also saw some ice/snow still on the side of the canyon. Although it seems like a lot, just take the stairs in small chunks. Down and back up in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We did this with a toddler on my back in a kid carrier, a bit up and down, and definitely not one for a stroller. Great views of the Upper falls from the first car park, and a little further along, amazing views over the lower falls. We saw lots of chipmunks on the walk which was really lovely. A... More

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