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Grand Prismatic Spring

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“fairy falls” (102 reviews)
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Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Reviewed yesterday

Lucky for us, the overlook trail (park at Fairy Falls) was recently opened and this view is the view you want to see. If it is cloudy the colors won't be near as vibrant but the sky opened up briefly while we were up there...More

Thank wrenworks
Reviewed 2 days ago

The short (.75 mile each way) hike to the outlook over Grand Prismatic spring opened just a few weeks ago, but it is already drawing well-earned crowds. The vistas over Grand Prismatic are much more dramatic than simply walking to Grand Prismatic from Midway Geyser...More

Thank Sprout15
Reviewed 2 days ago

The colors in and around the lake is fantastic. Come early or late for great light for pictures and to avoid the crowd.

Thank JesperOL
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I never thought I would see this in reality. It's not like the photoshopped web images which have unnatural colours and no steam. Instead it's REAL! Take the new trail to the elevated viewing knoll for an even better vantage point.

Thank Andy810
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful in theory, if you can park. Parking lot needs to be doubled - could wait forever in line for a spot. Once you finally get a space, you walk up the boardwalk but the only way to really see the geyser would be from...More

Thank Mawkt
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Grand Prismatic Spring is a must see. Now you can look at from an elevated overlook that the park service just opened.

1  Thank Rather T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a must see sight while in Yellowstone. However, I had a hard time seeing past the rude people swarming the boardwalk, waving their selfie sticks everywhere and almost knocking people down.

Thank KatieZ995
Reviewed 5 days ago

Parking is very difficult around the Spring. We went to the Fairy Falls trailhead. Take the fork called Trail. There is a short, steep paved trail to the overlook. We were able to get a bird's eye view of the Spring and see the beautiful...More

Thank kmm8086
Reviewed 5 days ago

So glad we made the trek to see this little wonder of Yellowstone Park. You had to park about a mile away because it was so crowded, but definitely worth it. It is truly amazing to see the prismatic colors of the springs.

Thank katyd39
Reviewed 5 days ago

Next to Old Faithful, I rank this the second most popular spot in Yellowstone. If u are fit and able, do the 6 mile hike up fairy falls trail to see it from up top. The views from any level are amazing, but looking down...More

Thank id9703
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29 June 2017|
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Response from Jones_fromSouthGA | Reviewed this property |
Good question but sorry, I don't know the answer.
Divyesh P
2 June 2017|
Response from 361archiew | Reviewed this property |
Go to Yellowstone main page, google the visitors center and call them. This should address your question, contact their visitor's center. 307-344-7381
Steven C
15 January 2017|
Response from tizianaitaly5 | Reviewed this property |
please check at the park web site for news, below you can find something: "Area Closures near Grand Prismatic Spring The view of Grand Prismatic from the closed area The view of Grand Prismatic Spring from the closed... More
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