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Grand Prismatic Spring

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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Kelso, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It really is an amazing place with something different round each corner. We were there in October and with the wind chill it was freezing so wrap up. It is a bit smelly but you soon get used to it the colors are stunning.

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was so colorful it was hard to believe it was all natural. We were not aware of this particular feature of the Park, and so it was a very pleasant surprise. One of our favorite memories of our visit to Yellowstone..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The colours really come out in hot weather when there is less steam coming from the water. We turned up on a cold, grey day and it was still impressive. While it looks good from the edge it looks even better from above! We would recommend pulling in before the spring if you are going north and after the spring... More

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Markham, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

To me, grand prismatic spring is the #1 attraction in YSNP. The best view is to hike 1.25KM from the Fairy Fall parking lot and go up the hill there. It is not an easy climb, not recommend for kids 10 years or younger. But the breathtaking view is completely worth it. You should also feel it close by via... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Incredible colours! This - and the 'Morning Glory' geyser are simply remarkable. I had to keep convincing myself that the colours were natural and not created somehow. All the better when the sun is shining!

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Sunnyvale, California
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67 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This place is seriously out of this world... If you are really lucky, you will go there on a day when the water's not really boiling hard and the steam doesn't cover everything... It is so colorful...and a MUST SEE point around all the geysers... I guess the best view is from the fairy falls trail because it is from... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The sight and sheer size of the spring is something to behold; however, what is even more captivating are the colors within the springs. It is by far one of the most majestic sights to take in. Two recommendations: 1.) Arrive early...we made the mistake of arriving mid-day/early afternoon and walked a mile and a half each way to the... More

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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the best attractions at Yellowstone. You have to walk up a pretty long boardwalk to get to it, but it is a totally awesome sight and should not be missed!!

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Nashville
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This was so beautiful! Before I left, I read reviews on various parts of Yellowstone and they all said about the same thing _ beautiful, stunning, gorgeous, etc. Those words don't come close to describing the beauty, but here I am saying the same thing! I went first thing in the morning, which is the time I highly recommend. It... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Was afraid I will be dissapointed, becasue this was the place I wanted to see the most in Yellowtone and expected much of it,.. But I loved it, the colors were amazing, we also climbed the hill to see it from bird perspective and it was really nice. You better do that before gets too hot,..

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