Why this work matters
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the most iconic scenes in the entirety of the National Park System. But after more than 70 years of unforgiving weather, erosion, and damage from increased visitation, the trails and overlooks surrounding the Canyon are in need of rehabilitation.
Geothermic, acidic soils, and heavy erosion around Canyon’s viewpoints have degraded overlook infrastructure over the years. Safety issues have also been cited as visitors go off paved surfaces to use social trails, or back up along aging barriers to take selfies of the canyon views. Current overlooks aren’t sufficient to be allow visitors who use wheelchairs or otherwise have additional accessibility needs to fully experience the Canyon’s beauty.
By investing in this project to fund improved and rehabilitated trails and overlooks, you directly ensure that the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone visitor experience is a cherished memory and not a chaotic experience punctuated by closed trails, deteriorating pathways, and a disorienting trail system with poor accessibility.
What needs to be done
As of Fall 2020, funds donated by Yellowstone Forever’s member and partners have been used to complete the rehabilitation of six overlooks in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone area:
- Uncle Tom’s Point
- Artist Point
- Lookout Point
- Grandview Point
- Inspiration Point
- Brink of the Upper Falls
While we’re almost done, there’s still one more overlook to complete — and we need your help! Yellowstone National Park is set to begin construction on the Brink of the Lower Falls, but we’re $600,000 short of our goal! Currently a total of $4.9 million has been raised to improve the overlooks at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but we need to reach $5.5 million by the end of 2021. If we meet that goal, the money will be matched by a $4.5 million federal grant. That means your donation is almost doubled!
Current Condition of Brink of the Lower Falls
Proposed rendering of Brink of the Lower Falls Improvements
From a donor:
Yellowstone is a national treasure and it belongs to all of us. We are all better stewards of the planet if we are better educated about it, and Yellowstone Forever offers the opportunity to learn about America’s greatest park. — Carlene L., Tennessee