Northeast Yellowstone National Park


We ventured through the northeast section of the park which contains the striking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We then continued outside the northeast entrance to what has been voted as one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America, the Beartooth Highway. It was a day filled with waterfalls, grand vistas, and whole lot of oohhs and aahhs.

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Falls of Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Beartooth Highway out of Northeast Yellowstone
Bison along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Bison along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Northeast Yellowstone Map

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The dramatic 1,200-foot deep canyon is home to 109-foot Upper Falls and 308-foot Lower Falls. It is 24 miles of arresting beauty.

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Thankfully, Yellowstone has done a great job at making it accessible to pretty much anyone that wants to see the falls and at any angle. There are seven stops total between the upper and lower falls; a combination of overlooks with minimal walking and steep hikes to viewing points. We walked each one and it equaled about seven miles.

Yellowstone Canyon

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Beartooth Highway

Right outside the northeast entrance is Cooke City, the start of the mega-beautiful Beartooth Highway. Due to time, we only drove up to Beartooth Pass Summit which is a little over half of the whole drive. If you are able to make time for this drive, I suggest you do so. It is magnificent! Every turn is better than the last. We wanted to drive the entire highway, but we didn’t couldn’t fit it in before dusk. Maybe next trip.

Beartooth Highway

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Next Stop: Grand Teton National Park

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. Follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven Today: 174, Total Miles Driven: 2,547, Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.76, States: Wyoming

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

3 Responses

  1. Kim B

    Hi Travelers,
    I’m delighted to see more vegetation near the falls. Last time I was there fire damage was still very evident.
    I also loved the Beartooth drive. Great pictures!
    Kim B

    • Dang Travelers

      Thanks Kim! Did you drive all of Beartooth Hwy? Just curious because we ran out of time and wished we hadn’t. The drive is up there as one of the prettiest we’ve experienced.

      • Kim B

        I’ve enjoyed the whole route 2 x, I love ❤️ the remoteness of the highway, you truly get a sense of wilderness.

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