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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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Annapolis, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of the more beautiful and fascinating places in the park for me, and I really enjoyed going there. But downgraded from 5 to 4 because so many people and so few parking spaces when we went.

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Hartford City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The best view of Grand Prismatic is seen from a distance, plus you can avoid the congested parking area of the Midway Geyser Basin. Park in the lot for the Fairy Falls hike & about 1/4 of a mile into the hike as the path curves to the left there is a split in the trail on the left that... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The colors of the grand prismatic spring are almost unbelievable. Often, you can also see the colors reflected in the damp above which also makes a beautiful effect. For a better view from above, one might consider take the Fairy Falls hike a little closer to Old Faithful and then climb the hills above Grand Prismatic. This is an unofficial... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Grand Prismatic spring is located in the Middle Geyser Basin area of the mammoth expanse that forms the Yellowstone National Park. It is gigantic and the boardwalk (which is the popular access route) hardly gives you the entire perspective. On rainy days, there is a lot of steam/fog and at ground level, it is tough to appreciate the various... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you have seen one area, u feel like u have seen them all, but this one is the best in the park, so you don't want to miss it!

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Aurora, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The colors of the landscape are like none other that I've seen. Beautiful blue water surrounded by orange land, and a hundred shades in between. So pretty!

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Nm_roadrunner
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27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Just beautiful! Don't miss this during your visit to Yellowstone. There are LOTS of people seeing this so be patient while you wait for parking and walking around the boardwalk. Absolutely amazing though.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The most difficult thing about this little walk is getting into the parking area. This is a beautiful hot spring, but if you want to avoid the parking, you can see the same thermal activities plus a few more at the West Thumb area. Grand Prismatic Spring is larger, but the West Thumb area (along Yellowstone Lake) is just as... More

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Apopka, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

All area's of Yellowstone are great but the Grand Prismatic Spring is amazing. The color's are outstanding and the hue changes everytime a cloud comes over. You just can't stop taking pictures. See my picture attached. This is a popular area and lots of parking but still can be difficult to park so have patience and don't pass it up.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This site is something to behold because of what the volcanic eruptions have created. This site looks like a rainbow of colors that you could image of being hot or deadly but it is. Beautiful to see.

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