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Grand Prismatic Spring

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Address: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.

Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.

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When we arrived at the spring a cold, drizzly rain was falling, causing the warm pools to steam profusely, and making them almost impossble to view. However, nature compensated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When we arrived at the spring a cold, drizzly rain was falling, causing the warm pools to steam profusely, and making them almost impossble to view. However, nature compensated our loss by producing a beautiful double rainbow in the sky. Amazing experience!

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Middletown, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The colors of the various pools are great if you can see them. Generally obscured by smelly steam, so if you are sensitive to smells beware. The walkway was very helpful to get around.

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most popular springs in the park. We tried for 3 days to get a parking place to no avail. Got up day 4 & went early. Parking was plentiful. The springs were so beautiful. So many different colors.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What an awesome thermal feature you can literally walk right up to. The boardwalks make the visit safe and accessible. The colors are amazing and the boiling water flowing right down to the river makes for an awesome inspiring visit.

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Budapest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was not easy to find a parking place. The colors were nice but you I was unable to take a photo of my lifetime. In my opinion, the Fountain Paint Pot was undervalued compared to the Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Shenley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love the blue geyser the best, but there are numerous others of all shapes and sizes at this location

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just as described on the panel, Grand Prismatic Spring is definitely the greatest geyser with brilliant colors in YSP. Beautified by the minerals and steaming rising out, it is also admittedly one of the spectacular springs in the world. Sometimes it is crowded, but remember to stay on the boardwalk. It is a good idea to use some tool like... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The colors of the organic things growing in the water are stunning and create amazing patterns. It is a short walk on a boardwalk. Parking took some wait time to get a space. But I was really pleased we stopped here.

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Thank David M
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National park was definitely my FAVOURITE part of our trip! It was truly a wonderful sight to see and all of the beautiful colors took my breath away! One of the first things I thought of in the visit was how I could see God in the reflections. I could imagine how God could... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Clear views of the beautiful springs around the Grand Prismatic spring are quite difficult to come by with the rising stream but if you are patient and lucky, you are treated to some amazingly pretty colors. Besides the Lower Falls at the Yellowstone Grand Canyon, the Grand Prismatic Spring is among the most beautiful sights in the Park though it... More 

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