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Grand Prismatic Spring

3,055 Reviews

Grand Prismatic Spring

3,055 Reviews
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Tammi P wrote a review Jan 3
Colorado Springs, Colorado71 contributions31 helpful votes
Somehow in my previous 3 trips, I had never been here. On this trip, we hiked the lower trail next to the spring and realized that was not the best view. We could see people on a trail up above. We went back the next day and found the upper trail and it was well worth the hike for the amazing views of Grand Prismatic Spring.
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Date of experience: July 2020
1 Helpful vote
tonypusa wrote a review Dec 2020
Seattle, Washington87 contributions90 helpful votes
This is the granddaddy of the springs. The rainbow colored giant spring was beautiful to behold. So much that we came back for a second look on the last day of the trip, and encountered a snowstorm, and thus got to experience the sights (or lack thereof) another way.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Minnesota Traveler wrote a review Dec 2020
Chanhassen, Minnesota1,791 contributions107 helpful votes
The Grand Prismatic is visually stunning and although the close up views are good you really should take the Fairy Falls trailhead to the overlook for the best view. In addition the FF trailhead parking is far less congested and in my opinion just a better experience of the spring. The trail is an easy walk with just a small portion of the trail being moderately challenging.
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Date of experience: August 2020
2 Helpful votes
Alacrout wrote a review Dec 2020
Los Angeles, California103 contributions27 helpful votes
Hands down, this is one of the most unique things you will ever see in your life. There’s more than one colorful bubbling spring on the trail around here and they’re all pretty big. The biggest one has every color of the rainbow. There are two different ways to see Grand Prismatic Spring: 1) There’s an overlook that gives you a view from above to get the best look at all the colors. 2) There’s a handicap accessible walkway that gets you up close and personal. I recommend doing both, if you have the time. The parking lots for Grand Prismatic Spring are a lot smaller than some of the other attractions at Yellowstone, so be mindful of that if you come here on a busy day. You could get stuck either having to park farther down the road and walk or sit in a long line of cars waiting for parking spots to open up. It’s still very much worth the time and effort to see this place.
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Date of experience: September 2020
2 Helpful votes
parksvisitor wrote a review Nov 2020
Maple Grove, Minnesota999 contributions361 helpful votes
While the view is good from the Midway Geyser Basin boardwalks, the best view is from the overlook on the Fairy Falls trail. It is still a crowded path, even on a cold day in September, but the view from above is much better. Because of the temperature, the steam from the geyser wasn't the best for pictures, but no matter what the view and perspective is much better from the overlook. The hike up to the overlook is relatively easy and the path mostly very wide. Because the overlook is relatively new, I found the descriptions of the location of the trailhead to be somewhat confusing. Just know that it is the Fairy Falls trailhead.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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