This vantage point is near the top of Uncle Tom’s Trail. The full trail is a steep 500′ drop of 308 steps straight down into the canyon. The trail no longer goes all the way to the bottom, but this was originally the way tourists made their way to the Yellowstone River far below. According to yellowstonepark.com, from 1898 – 1905 H.F. Richardson, better know as Uncle Tom, would lead intrepid tourists down a rugged path made of ropes and ladders to the river below. The trail has been modernized, but still bears the name of the entrepreneurial trail blazer.