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Yellowstone River Picnic Area Trail
Trail climbs steeply to the east rim of the Narrows of the Yellowstone and then follows the rim. Look for peregrine falcons and osprey, which nest in the canyon, and bighorn sheep along the rim. View the Overhanging Cliff area, the towers of Tower Fall (the fall is not visible), basalt columns, and the historic Bannock Ford.
Safety notes: At the vista overlooking the Tower Falls area of the Yellowstone River, return the way you came or continue down the trail as it heads northeast; at the trail junction turn left and descend to the road. Walk west along the road for 0.7 mile (1.2 km) to the Yellowstone River Picnic Area.
Trailheads: Park at the Yellowstone River Picnic area, 1.25 miles (2 km) northeast of Tower Junction on the Northeast Entrance Road.
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Yellowstone Day Hikes
Lace up your boots and explore some of the over 1,000 miles of trails in Yellowstone National Park.
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Last updated: December 18, 2018