The views from this point are almost worth the entire effort of getting to Yellowstone National Park itself. The light and shadows of the sun bring out different aspects of the canyon, making this a perfect location to spend time taking pictures, journaling, or simply meditating.
From here, you’ll see osprey circle above and nest in the canyon’s jagged peaks (spring visitors may even see baby chicks being fed in their nests.) The canyon walls drop 700 feet below, making it a perfect spot to view the Lower Falls. Views from Artist’s Point change with the season, and location of the sun, so be sure to bring your camera and allow at least 20 minutes for your visit.
History of The Point – It was long believed that Thomas Moran first sketched Artist’s Point to use in creating famous painting of the canyon in 1872; however, it was later learned that it was not the site that he drew from. That site was in fact, Arizona’s Grand Canyon and later became known as Moran Point. Artist’s Point is thought to have received its name in 1883 by National Park Photographer F. Jay Haynes. The name appears in print for the first time in the 1890 park guidebook which he published.