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South Rim Trail

Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand Canyon.
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Type: Canyons, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand Canyon.
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Sussex, England
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164 reviews 164 reviews
56 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We enjoyed this drive with the spectacular scenery. It was most memorable and our photos will ensure we do not forget.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

There is a loop hike that starts near the Wapiti parking area (just to your right after you cross the river heading towards Artists' Point). You can follow a trail past the upper falls to the lower falls (with a side trip down Uncle Tom's trail) to Artists' Point . . . and we continued out to Sublime Point. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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30 helpful votes 30 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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23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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