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Address: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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Stunning: Must Do in Yellowstone

For whatever reason you don't always hear as much talk about Grand Prismatic Spring as you do for some of Yellowstone's other features. Grand Prismatic is a must though! We parked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

For whatever reason you don't always hear as much talk about Grand Prismatic Spring as you do for some of Yellowstone's other features. Grand Prismatic is a must though! We parked at the next parking lot up (towards ole faithful) from the "official" springs parking lot and set out on a short trek to see the spring from above. It's... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

If you are interested in the great natural wonders of the world, then coming here must be on your agenda. Beautifully maintained by the Parks, the boardwalks are very easily accessible, signage is good and the springs are beyond stunning. Highly recommend.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I think its GORGEOUS but we went in late summer and I felt sick it was so hot. I was the only one in my group to walk. So go late evening or early morning to the heat won't get ya.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

It rendered me speechless when we put our on this natural wonder!!! One of earths natural art pieces!

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Millville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We took the unmarked trek up the side of a mountain with the old burnt trees to get the better birds eye view and only then did it feel like I really saw the Grand Prismatic! If you choose this option, hiking boots and pole will help tremendously. Very short but very steep, with lots of ashes under your feet.

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Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

they say the best view is aerial, but it is still beautiful with all the colors to see by walking up on the side. Ironically this is better to visit in summer than winter, because the steam is so thick in winter it is hard to see the bright blue water.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This was amazing to see, hear & feel. A must see in Yellowstone National Park. The pictures do not do it justice. It's a bit of a walk to get to but well worth it.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Grand Prismatic Spring is one of many stops along the way in Yellowstone. Don't miss it. It is a walk from the parking lot and the crowds can be pushy, especially tourist buses from other countries. Don't be dissuaded, take your time and be cautious. Moving slowly is the best bet. All of that said, this is a magnificent,... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Cold weather and snow only add to the majestic colors of this thermal. Colors are vibrant, but not as plentiful in winter. Our guide explained that the colors are produced by the micro organisms leaving in the hot springs. They are more plentiful during spring and summer when the colors are even more brilliant. You are also limited in the... More 

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Seminole, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

What is really great about this spring is all the colors. It is blue, green orange & yellow. They told us that it is because of the micro organisms that live in the hot water here that makes the colors. Very cool!

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