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Rustic Falls is located in the northwest area of Yellowstone, about four point seven (4.7) miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs on the main loop road.

Squeezed between Terrace Mountain to the east and Bunsen Peak on the west is the Golden Gate Canyon. Glen Creek flows from Swan Lake Flats to fall over a ledge of Huckleberry Ridge Tuff to form Rustic Falls. Glen Creek passes through a narrow opening at the head of Golden Gate Canyon to fan out over the welded ash tuff from an eruption two million years ago. ¹

Rustic Falls has been called many names including West Gardiner Falls and Rural Falls. It received its present name in 1879 from Superintendent P. W. Norris who wrote of a “rustic fall upon the West Gardiner.” The small creek does not carry much water so the show is not one of force but of delicacy. The water spreads over the surface of the rock to descend in a thin lacy sheet to the rocky base. ¹

Rustic Falls lies at the head of Golden Gate Canyon, where Golden Gate Bridge has been rebuilt three times since the original wooden one was erected in 1885. The canyon received its name from the golden lichens that color its walls. Artist Frederic Remington visited this spot in the 1890s and wrote that the cayon's colors were “beyond the pen or brush of any man.” ²


Rustic Falls Information
Location 44° 56' 01.49" N / 110° 43' 34.23" W
Elevation 7,247 feet / 2,209 meters
Fall Type Plunge / Horsetail / Fan
Height 47 feet / 14 meters
Stream Glen Creek
Access Four point seven (4.7) miles south of Mammoth on the main loop road

¹ This information is from the book "Waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park" by Charles Maynard.

² This information is from the book "Yellowstone Waterfalls and their Discovery" by Paul Rubinstein, Lee H. Whittlesey, and Mike Stevens.


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