Inspiration Point Re-Opens
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 4, 2018
People visiting the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River are now able to enjoy the view from Inspiration Point.
The overlook has been closed for a two-year rehabilitation project, which created an expanded viewing area that is safer and more accessible. Superintendent Dan Wenk says the design of the new overlook uses natural materials to protect the natural setting and integrate the infrastructure into the canyon’s spires and cliffs.
Five miles of trails connect eight overlooks at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and all were constructed between 1930 and 1950. Park officials say natural erosion combined with the feet of millions of visitors took a toll over the years.
Inspiration Point is the fourth overlook at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to be rehabilitated in recent years. The fifth project, Uncle Tom’s Point and parts of South Rim Trail, is expected to reopen later this fall. The rehabilitation work on Inspiration Point and Uncle Tom’s totaled $12 million. It was funded in part by Yellowstone Forever, the parks non-profit philanthropic partner.
Immediately following the opening of Uncle Tom’s Point, the park will break ground at the Brink of Upper Falls, the next overlook in the long-term project. This area will be closed through 2019.
The final two overlooks, Brink of the Lower Falls and Red Rock Point, will break ground as early as 2020 and the estimated cost is $10 million.