Yellowstone National Park definitely is the land of roadside scenic overlooks. Nowhere else can a visitor find so many convenient roadside parking areas that only require a short walk to a great viewing spot. For those who prefer to do automobile touring, the roadside attractions with easy access are like a dream come true and people that have mobility challenges also appreciate the convenience. During the last two decades, the National Park Service has improved handicapped access by paving the popular foot paths, because they realize so many visitors have special needs. For those who have endured severe illness, injury or psychological trauma, a visit to a majestic National park is as therapeutic as it gets and now it is easier to get around!
Waterfalls and cascades definitely provide effective therapy for the mind, soul and body. The sight, sound and feel of roaring white water has a way of divining what is real and what is not. The sight and sound of water falling from great heights is a powerful influence that causes serenity to envelope those who stand near. The water spirits in majestic places certainly do make it easy to achieve peace of mind. This is why it is always worth taking the time to check out a good waterfall.
The Kepler Cascades is one of many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park. Each of the majestic waterfalls in this vast wilderness area does have a unique character that imparts a different effect upon each who take in the view. The Kepler Cascades is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the park, because the river runs downhill over several rock strata tiers and ledges in a narrow canyon, which creates a full cascade effect.
The Kepler Cascades pathway has a boardwalk and staircase that runs partially down into the rim of the canyon. There are several viewing points along the way and the main viewing platform is like standing on a large porch deck. From this vantage point on the ledge, visitors can see far uphill into the narrow gorge that the Firehole River flows through. It is easy to visually follow the water as it cascades over one small waterfall after another from this viewpoint. To say the least, this sight is as mesmerizing as can be and it is easy to leave the thoughts from the outside world behind.
The Kepler Cascades access area is fairly easy to find when touring the central loop road. This series of waterfalls is located on Highway 191 (US 89) just a few miles southeast of Old Faithful. This location is good for those who seek some peace and quiet, because the majority of visitors in this section of the park flock to the main attraction, which is the gigantic Old Faithful Geyser that erupts on an hourly basis.
The Kepler Cascades offers a chance to view a beautiful series of cascading waterfalls in a pristine forested deep rocky gorge. Where there is water there is wildlife, so this is a good place to spot large birds of prey and there is nothing like sharing a picture of a bald eagle with friends back home. The peace and serenity that cascading waterfalls provide is reason enough to place the Kepler Cascades high on the Yellowstone venture bucket list!
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