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National park tips: Don't miss that other Grand Canyon. The one in Yellowstone.

National park tips: Don't miss that other Grand Canyon. The one in Yellowstone.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River as seen from the Brink of the Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

There are easier viewpoints to reach in Yellowstone. But if your heart and legs are up to it, take the Brink of the Lower Falls trail along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. The trail of switchbacks down to the falls is 3/8-mile long with a 600-foot drop — slow going on the way back up. But the path takes you to a perch just above the falls, with rainbows flickering as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone spreads before you.

Yellowstone’s appeal are it's wildlife and geothermal wonders that could kill you. But in the mean time, they’re beautiful.

In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31. 

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