Of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop, the Lower Loop offers many of the most popular attractions. You can see natural thermal wonders like Old Faithful, and even witness the yellow rocks that give Yellowstone its name. If you’re taking a day trip from Jackson Hole, plan on starting the day early and traveling back late, because there’s so much to see! Check out these must-see Yellowstone Lower Loop attractions.
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Coming from Jackson Hole, you’ll most likely enter the park at West Thumb. Head to West Thumb Geyser Basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Explore the area and you’ll see the Abyss Pool, named for its impressive deepness and turquoise blue water, and Fishing Cone, a hot spring where fishermen used to boil fish caught right from the lake.
Old Faithful Geyser Basin
Time your trip so you can witness Old Faithful’s eruption. While you’re waiting, explore Old Faithful Inn, and consider taking one of the free historical building tours. There are several walking trails to get out and see more of the natural thermal features near Old Faithful. Make sure you go to the visitor center when you get there so you know where to start.
Lower Yellowstone Falls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Along the Yellowstone River is a canyon known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where you’ll find Lower Yellowstone Falls. Did you know these falls are over twice the size of Niagara Falls?! There are many lookout points where you can marvel at the roaring falling water, and even catch some mist on your face. At this spot, you’ll also see where Yellowstone gets its name with a view of the yellow rocks that descend the canyon.
Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone. In addition to taking in the beautiful scenery, you can partake in water activities on the lake, like fishing. The lake is known for having the largest population of cutthroat trout in North America.
Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile drive off the Grand Loop with a waterfall outlook and swimming area. The swimming area in Firehole River is one of two swimming areas in Yellowstone, but it’s not a hot spring, so water temperatures will depend on the weather. Non-swimmers can relax on the beach nearby.
There’s plenty more to see when you get back to Jackson Hole. Head to Scenic Safaris for action-packed tours of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Ready to book or need more information? Call us directly at 888-734-8898.