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Upper Falls is located in the eastern central portion of Yellowstone National Park in the Canyon area.

"Upper Falls, the upstream of the two most famous Yellowstone cataracts, is 109 feet high. Jim Bridger himself was familiar with this falls, as old-timer James Gemmell has stated that in 1846, he and Bridger visited it.

After he visited the spot in 1864, prospector John C. Davis wrote what is probably the earliest recording of a person's impressions of the falls: "The grandeur of the scene did not burst on me at once. Men who have engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle for a frontier existence lose sentiment after a few years; but when I realized the stupendous leap of the water, I could not help being impressed."

N. P. Langford and Cornelius Hedges of the 1870 Washburn expedition saw Upper Falls from what became the lower vantage point to the north side of the falls, a spot no longer accessible. They made their way down

    ... to this table rock, where we sat for a long time. As from this spot we looked up at the descending waters, we insensibly felt that the slightest protrusion in them would hurl us backwards into to gulf below. A thousand arrows of foam, apparently aimed at us, leaped from the verge, and passed rapidly down the sheet. But as the view grew upon us, and we comprehended the power, majesty, and beauty of the scene, we became insensible to danger and gave ourselves up to the full enjoyment of it.

Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River Information
Location 44° 42' 46" N / 110° 29' 59" W
Elevation 7,634 feet / 2,327 meters
Fall Type Plunge
Height 109 feet / 33 meters
Width 70 feet / 21 meters at the crest of the falls
Stream Yellowstone River
Access About 1.5 miles south of Canyon Village

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


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