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Yellowstone River Overlook - Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone River overlook is a short interpretive trail overlooking the Yellowstone River.
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.2 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  Yellowstone River Overlook, also called Calcite Springs Overlook Trail, is a short, easy loop walk that leads to a platform... more »

Tips:  Take time to walk the whole loop.

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Points of Interest

1. Bleached Cliffs

In cool weather, wisps of steam rise from Calcite Springs—the pale slope near river level. There the Yellowstone River flows above a volcanic fracture zone that allows geothermal discharge to reach the surface. Chemicals from Calcite Springs’ hot water vents are slowly turning the cliff to whitish, yellowish pulp.

Away from the vast geyser basins... More

2. Flood of Fire

River canyons expose the landscape’s hidden excesses, its violent past. The orderly columns across canyon are volcanic. From vents in the Yellowstone Plateau lava welled up and flowed—a vast flood of fire 25 feet deep. As the lava cooled and contracted about 1.3 million years ago, it formed contraction cracks, producing hexagonal columns of basalt... More