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UNDOCUMENTED YELLOWSTONE
WATERFALLS


OVER 200 NEW WATERFALLS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN DISCOVERED IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Three modern day explorers, Paul Rubinstein, Lee Whittlesey, and Mike Stevens have apparently discovered and first-time documented more waterfalls than anyone in the history of North America.

The trio have just released information and locations of over 200 new waterfalls in the remote wilderness of the world’s first National Park.

Their seven years of research and thousands of miles of off-trail exploration has provided the most new, large feature, geographical information to the contiguous United States map in the last half-century.


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The Waterfall Project - A History

Beginning as early as the late 1970's Yellowstone National Park archivist and historian, Lee H. Whittlesey, was already underway on a project to document the history of all the known waterfalls in Yellowstone (about 50). In the 1980's, park employee Mike Stevens began an independent mission to photograph all of these waterfalls. Then in the 1990's when Paul Rubinstein came aboard, the three began a new quest to survey as many of the previously unexplored rivers and creeks in the parks remotest backcountry as possible. They had no idea that their seven years of exploring the Yellowstone wilderness would yield so much new information. Below are examples of some of their discoveries.


ZEPHYR FALLS (UPPER) AND TEMPEST FALLS (LOWER)
İMike Stevens 1998 ENCHANTRESS FALLS
İMike Stevens 1997

The two waterfalls shown on the left are 300 and 150 feet high respectively. While the one shown shown on the right is nearly 90 feet in height. They are all located in Yellowstone's rugged northeast corner.


Yellowstone, it is said, contains roughly 50-60 waterfalls. Their research has turned up nearly 6 times that many. Here you see just a few examples of some of the more impressive Yellowstone waterfalls that have gone unsung until now. Some have most likely been visited over the years by adventerous hikers and backpackers, but to date none of them have appeared in any documentation.

CITADEL OF ASGARD FALLS (upper half only)
İPaul Rubinstein 1995 GATES OF VALHALLA FALLS
İPaul Rubinstein 1996

These two falls are both undocumented and unmapped. Not one word about them has ever appeared in any book, article, or map on Yellowstone. They have remained essentially unknown in a distant, remote alcove of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The one on the right drops over 100 feet, while the left side fall plunges at least 200 feet before cascading for 300 more.


Establishing a pattern as to where most of these new waterfalls are located is not easy. They are not found in a specific area of the park. They are everywhere. There is virtually no part of Yellowstone where they did not find an undocumented fall or cascade. And most intriguing of all is how many more must be still be out there waiting to be discovered.

FORGOTTEN FALLS
İPaul Rubinstein 1996

This waterfall can be found on one of the park's larger rivers. The fact that it is unknown is quite surprising when considering on what a large watercourse it is located. It is only 20 feet in height, but the sheer volume of water gives it a thunderous character.


Some new Yellowstone waterfall statistics based upon their surveys:

There are at least 300 individual waterfalls and cascades in Yellowstone.
Over 275 of these features are greater than 15 feet in height.
Over 25 of these features are greater than 100 feet in height.
A dozen of the "new" falls are within a three mile radius of Old Faithful.
One remote drainage in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is littered with huge first class waterfalls.


CONFIRMATION FALLS
İPaul Rubinstein 1999 BIRDSEYE FALLS
İPaul Rubinstein 1996

These two waterfalls are both roughly 100 feet in height. The one on the left is surprisingly close to a major road, while the one on the right is located in very deep backcountry in the park's Cascade Corner.


The details of their seven years of research on Yellowstone waterfalls will be chronicled in the new book:

THE GUIDE TO YELLOWSTONE WATERFALLS AND THEIR DISCOVERY

It provides details and photographs of all the waterfalls shown on this page as well as over 250 others. Also included are locations, maps, and even an extensive bibliography for other researchers.

The book has been released and may be ordered by clicking on the photo above.


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