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

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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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW 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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258 reviews 258 reviews
87 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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lynn haven, fl
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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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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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27 helpful votes 27 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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