Moose Falls
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

view of Moose Falls in Yellowstone

Moose Falls of Yellowstone National Park is an "off the roadside" waterfall that lies just 1.2 miles from the South entrance to the park.

And although the hike is super short, the views of the falls are well worth the few minutes it takes to enjoy this 30 foot beaut!

Fast Facts about Moose Falls:

Height:  30 feet

Type:  Plunging

Location:  Near the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park

Local Weather:  Moran, WY

Dog Friendly:  No (No dogs allowed on trails in Yellowstone)

Camping:  Map (Closest camping is Headwaters Campground)

Cell Service:  Spotty - Plan accordingly

Nearest Emergency Room:  55 minutes away at the Lake Clinic in Yellowstone National Park

Food Nearby:  Convenience Store at Headwaters Lodge and Cabins at Flagg Ranch (Pack something before you go.  The park is huge and places to get food are almost zero.)

trail from the road to the falls

Moose Falls in Autumn

You may remember from reading elsewhere on the site that in September of 2020, Frankie and I were married at one of our favorite waterfalls in Tennessee and then flew out to West Yellowstone, Wyoming in order to explore Yellowstone National Park and Gran Teton National Park.

One thing we were not prepared for was the difference in autumn colors from home.  What I mean by that is that because of the high concentration of Lodgepole Pine trees in the park, we really didn't expect too much as far as fall colors were concerned.  But, we were in for a surprise as what we found was that the coloration changes were lower to the ground in many instances because of the different types of foliage, grasses, and terrain present in the park.

waterfall viewed through fall foliage from the trail

The area around Moose Falls certainly showcased that seasonal scenery beautifully...and I think Frankie's freshly hot pink hair seemed to "set off" those colors and contrasts perfectly in all of the photos I took.

woman poses beside waterfall in Yellowstone National Park

Geothermal Waterfall

As Moose Falls crashes off the small cliff face of Crawfish Creek, you may or may not notice steam, depending on the conditions on the day of your visit.

falls from downstream

This is because, like many of Yellowstone's creeks and rivers, Crawfish Creek is geothermally heated.  We did not, however, see any steam on the day of our visit.

The reason for all of this geothermic activity is that Yellowstone is known to be sitting on top of what is considered a super volcano.  With the amount of thermal features like hot springs, steaming geysers, and bubbling paint pots present in the park and surrounding area, I certainly don't doubt it.  This fact just adds to the dangerous beauty so prevalent and wonderful about this national treasure.

brink of the falls

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