Point Sublime on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone National Park

Point Sublime on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone National Park


Location: Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon Area

Distance: 3 miles (roundtrip)

Elevation gain: 250 feet

GPS Coordinates: N 44 43.178 W 110 28.829

Point Sublime is one of the famous viewpoints on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. The overlook offers stunning views of the Yellowstone River and picturesque Grand Canyon itself.

The trail is not very long, only 3 miles (roundtrip) with an elevation gain of 250 feet. The trail takes hikers along the edge of the canyon, opening fabulous views from different spots. The Grand Canyon itself is over 20 miles long and there are several overlooks that offer fabulous views on the Yellowstone River, Upper and Lower Falls.

The hike to the Point Sublime starts near the Upper Falls and Uncle Tom’s Trail parking lot or this point can be reached through the Artist Point Trailhead. There are several picturesque spots along the trail that will take your breath away. Hikers also enjoy the views of the walls of the Grand Canyon. The stunning and unique colors of the rhyolite rock formations make this place absolutely beautiful.

If you chose to start from the Artist Point Trailhead, you will follow a well-maintained and well-marked trail. In about 0.6 miles from the Artist Point there will be a junction. If you’ve chosen to go to Point Sublime, you are to take the left trail. If you chose the right trail, you will reach a beautiful Ribbon Lake.

Point Sublime Trail is not as crowded as other trail, but offers great views of the Grand Canyon and the Yellowstone River. Hikers agree that mornings are the best time to visit this part of the Grand Canyon, because the sun lights up the canyon walls with unbelievable colors.

Point Sublime itself is a great place where in the shades of the trees hikers might have a picnic and rest before going back. Take your time and enjoy this surrounding beauty! Enjoy these steep multicolored walls of the canyon, take delight in these brown, yellow and red stripes. The views from here are fabulous. If you have enough time while visiting Yellowstone National Park, this trail is one of the must-do hikes.


Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Marina Petrova

Pictures taken: 29.06.2016

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