The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in winter are clad with a mantle of ice, giving them a much different look from when thousands of visitors see them in the summer. Even the firm grip of winter, however, doesn’t stop the flow of the Yellowstone River. (Jim Peaco/NPS)

The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world’s first national park — Yellowstone. In the summer, the falls attract thousands of visitors, many of whom travel to Artist Point for the classic view of the spectacular geographic feature. The falls take on a different look in winter, however, as seen in this file photograph from the National Park Service.

Ice forms across the entire Yellowstone River at the brink of the falls. The falling water forms huge icicles along the sides of the main flow, which continues to run all winter, fed by Yellowstone Lake. Visitors reach Artist Point in winter by snowcoach and snowmobile.

As winter wraps Wyoming in a strong grip, the ice-draped falls are an example of the beauty the cold season can bring. That beauty is best enjoyed by the well-prepared who dress warmly.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at or (307)...

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