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Address: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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On the day we visited, it was cool and breezy, and there was so much steam coming off the spring that it was hard to see. Even so, we could appreciate how absolutely stunning this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

On the day we visited, it was cool and breezy, and there was so much steam coming off the spring that it was hard to see. Even so, we could appreciate how absolutely stunning this spring is. There is nothing else like it in the world. Added bonus--it is a short walk from the parking lot, although it's a bit... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

When I initially crafted the plans for our Yellowstone itinerary, Grand Prismatic Spring was top of the list. I did my homework, read travel books and TripAdvisor forums, and planned to include the hike to Fairy Falls and the suggested scramble up a steep embankment to get a picture perfect shot of the spring, the way it is shown in... More 

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Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a must-see on my list when I visit Yellowstone. There is a boardwalk that leads you along different colorful pools of water. Unfortunately, you won't be the only ones at this stop--there were so many people on the boardwalk that we could hardly get close enough to see this beautiful pool. Some people had to park on the... More 

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Tawas City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Amazing visit with this hot spring. Stay on the boardwalk people! Saw some tourists not paying attention to warning signs. To really appreciate it in all it's glory, one should take a hike above it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Grand Prismatic Spring is a stunning example of the different colors of various thermophiles that give color to the various thermal features in Yellowstone. It's huge and somewhat difficult to see from the boardwalk, but worth the stop at mid geyser basin because you also see the crater of the Excelsior Geyser. Be warned that parking can be difficult in... More 

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Suffern, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Grand Prismatic Spring is in the Midway Geyser area. It is the largest hot spring in the park. It is very colorful (gorgeous blue color) and beautiful. Some of the outer areas had different pretty colors. When you are close to the spring in a certain region of the area, the spring gave off a steamy hot wind (not... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Short walk, very crowded, difficulty with parking. Get there early. It was very windy when we were there, but perhaps that was a good thing. Incredible amount of steam and where the winds blew, the views were actually much better. The brightness of of the colors in the prismatic spring seemed almost fake. I had not seen the pictures prior... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I love how they have boardwalks to all these destinations, it makes it very easy to get out to see all the beautiful prismatic pools.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Old Faithfull was beckoning, the day was almost over and we weren't sure we had the time to see this. Picked Old Faithfull over it. Day 2: we decided we would take a look, 'since we are here'. So glad we did. This cannot be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was a beautiful site! Parking was difficult to come by, but it was well worth the walk to get to it.

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