Thousands of years ago, when the Yellowstone National Park region was a caldera after the volcano blew, it began to fill with water collected from snow melt and summer rains. Eventually, the walls of the old volcano could no longer withstand the weight of the water and a fissure erupted allowing that water to rush out. That rushing water came down a canyon we now call the Bechler River Canyon; so named for Gustav Bechler, a topographer who rode with the 1871 Hayden Survey as they verified the findings of the Washburn, Langford, and Doane expedition of 1870.
The area is acclaimed for wide meadows containing tall grasses and shallow sloughs with spectacular views of the Teton Mountains to the south and the Madison Plateau to the north. To the east is the rim of the mysterious Pitchstone Plateau, a place with only few sketchy watering holes making travel across it nearly impossible.
The Bechler region is called the Cascade Corner. Waterfalls drop from the plateaus into the meadows. The canyon is spectacular, one water fall after another broken in between by cascades and cataracts. When we ride up the canyon we will stop and feel the mist from some of the falls. You will have the opportunity to take some very exciting photos. After this, we will ford the river at a number of places, leading the pack string up to their bellies through the clear cold waters. The fish here are generally good-sized rainbow trout that can be elusive, but once you have one of these rascals hooked, hold on, you’re in for a fight!
We also fish at Mountain Ash Creek, below Union Falls for brook trout.
Bechler is a photographer’s paradise. There is nowhere one can look without finding something worth capturing on film. Wild flowers, wild life, waterfalls, horse and people, hot springs or the Grand Tetons, all are right here.
Beside fishing and photography, the Bechler region is filled with swimming holes for the family or just friends. There are hot springs, warm water falls, and comfortable pools to swim in. Whether cooling off on a hot summer day or taking a warming dip on a cool fall day, the water is always inviting.
Come to Yellowstone National Park’s Cascade Corner and photograph the magnificent waterfalls. This time of year is spectacular in Yellowstone National Park. The brilliant colors of autumn, the bright blue skies and crisp white clouds create the perfect back drop for photography here in America’s wonderland. Take time to capture the people, horses, wildlife and scenery. In the off time, relax in the warm waters of this area to rest your bones and rejuvenate your soul.
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