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Grand Prismatic Spring

Address: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.

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lynn haven, fl
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The previous review stated that the best view was from the Angel Falls Trail; however, we drove south on the Loop Road and pulled into the trailhead for Fairy Falls, and then, after about 1/2- 1 mile, we scrambled up the ridge. His description sounds exactly like our experience, so I believe Niall just misnamed the trail. It is a... More 

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Camberley
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Walking around the boardwalks was good but to get the best view of the spring take the Angel Falls Trail and after about 1/2 mile climb/scramble up to the left to look down on the Spring from above the tree line. This is a bit of a scramble and so popular that I don't understand why the Park doesn't build... More 

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New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I know everyone go to Yellowstone will not miss this! It just pretty! To get the picture of the whole GPS, I climbed the hill at the other side of it! However, I am not recommending anyone to climb the hill as it is extremely dangerous with down trees and steep slope!

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Crockett, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Grand Prismatic is the prettiest feature in the park IMO. Take a short hike up the Fairy Falls trail for a more expansive view. Hold on to your hats while viewing on the boardwalks, a big gust of wind hit right as we crossed and saw about 7 ball caps were blown into the spring. Yellowstone is such a unique... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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281 reviews 281 reviews
200 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Grand Prismatic Spring is one of my favourite places to stop in the park. The cornopia of colour cannot be missed. Caused by hot water and ancient bacteria, the colours are based on the temperature and acidity of the water. To see the whole thing you would have to hike up the hill, but even from the boardwalk, it is... More 

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Apopka, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This was another highlight of our trip to Yellowstone. We actually visited twice- once was a rainy day and we simply walked around the boardwalk. Didn't get a great view. On a sunny day later in the week, we visited again. This time we parked at the Fairy Falls trailhead and begin that hike... Once we were next to Grand... More 

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Anytown, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Like almost all of the sights in Yellowstone, this one, too, is humbling. You may have seen these colorful springs in magazines or on a google map from space, but up close they are so much more amazing. One thing that makes it come alive is the number of foreign languages being spoken all around you. . .some of these... More 

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sligo
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

visited grand prismatic spring on our holiday in August it is a truly beautiful,very special and unique place, like being on a different planet, a great place for wonderful photos the colors are spectacular . Defiantly recommend anyone visiting Yellowstone to stop hear, it is located on a short boardwalk, the Excelsior crater is also located on this board walk... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Up close it is hard to see the beautiful colors. We hiked fairy falls and from that trail there is a point where you can climb up a hill (very steep) and get the view that appears in photographs. The color from above the prismatic spring is well worth the climb. It is very steep so I would not recommend... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Our tip is to climb up the tall hill on the Angel Falls hike and then you have a spectacular view of the Grand Prismatic Spring and the whole basin. It's a steep climb. Great for photos. The Spring is unbelievable with its colors. The boardwalk around the Spring doesn't have as good of a view. Then, the Angel Falls... More 

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