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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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I wish we'd known the Fairy Falls trail was closed

For over a year I looked forward to seeing the Prismatic Pool from the Fairy Falls trail and getting amazing pictures. We did not realise that in early May when we visited... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

For over a year I looked forward to seeing the Prismatic Pool from the Fairy Falls trail and getting amazing pictures. We did not realise that in early May when we visited, the trail would be closed. Such a pity. The views from the boardwalk are ok but there is so much steam, you do need elevation in order to... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest of the colorful pools at Yellowstone. Walking around its huge size is like a science fiction field trip. Steam rises of the deep pool and it's breathtaking when you realize it and all of Yellowstoms pools and fumaroles , mud pots, springs and geysers lie within one of the earths largest volcanoes !! The... More 

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

but when it's cold it's so steamy you really can't see anything. Postcards of it looked amazing, but I have to take their word for it. Very disappointing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

When we pulled in (around 6:00pm one evening in early June) there were tour buses everywhere. The walks weren't too crowded and the spring was beautiful. We only spent about 30 min there but we enjoyed it.

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Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The Grand Prismatic is just awesome. We liked them much better than the Old Faithful because of the contrast of the colors of the bacteria mat. The notice board of the spring on the roads marks the point as "midway geyser basin", so make sure you don't miss it. You can see the mist rising up in the sky from... More 

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Queenstown, NZ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I had been really looking forward to seeing the Grand Prismatic Spring. Unfortunately it was a cold morning, having snowed overnight. The steam rising from the spring prevented us from seeing it at all. We were glad we did not do the mile hike to look down on it. So try to go in warmer weather!

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

There are several pools, each more interesting and beautiful than the next. It was snowing the day we went and the steam off the pools was thick. we could still see the vivid colors, calcium deposits and animal tracks. So intriguing.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Here's why: You can't enjoy the majesty of THE EYE from the boardwalk. It will be one-dimensional and foggy. If you're looking for THE SHOT (the one on the cover of NatGeo) walk Fairy Falls trail, a mostly flat hike, no boots needed, and up a small hill on the left. It is crowded, you won't get lost and it... More 

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Fairmont, West Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

When I visited Yellowstone as a child in the 1990's I remember it being secluded and SPECTACULAR! Especially this spring and the Geyser Basins. However, it is hard to really view the spring and i think the US parks should build a tower to can climb to view from above. My most recent visit as a Geology Student in our... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We visited the spring whilst in the Park - the colours were stunning and amazing. Although there were a lot of people it didn't spoil our enjoyment of it. Definitely a must see.

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