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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

However, this time of the year, too early for snowmobiles and too late for cars and buses, it would be a backcountry adventure requiring a permit for camping in the snow to experience. You may find it anticlimactic in the winter as the cold air temperatures make for so much vapor you probably will not see the incredible blue this spring is famous for. Even so, missing out on the crowds of summer, this place takes on an even more unearthly character. It’s utter immensity and silent grandeur makes this an amazing winter destination. You will need snow shoes or cross country skis to make it to the overlook accessed from the Fairy Falls Trailhead but the Midway Geyser Basin Trail is usually trafficked after 16 December by enough people you can walk in their footprints, often 1 meter above the plastic boardwalk as the walk is insulated from the ground temperature.
If you walk here, in winter, you will be among one of the slimmest of Yellowstone visitation demographics. You will be rewarded.

Thank jesseo582
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was one of the Yellowstone sites that I was looking forward to seeing. It did not disappoint. It's amazing and beautiful. There are a lot of tourists at this site but be patient. Everyone wants a photo and I guarantee you will want one too. This is well worth the stop. It was one of my top 5 sights to see!

Thank Mary Jane C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen! You must see it from below as well as above so be sure to take both trails!

Thank geejam
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is part of the national park and one of many spring and mud,
The water is very blue and clear boiling and off course smell of sulfur

Thank year062
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointing since you couldn't see anything but steam and no color during my visit. I went early to avoid the major crowds and no parking I experienced the day before. Sure sad I didn't get to see one of my major choices.

Thank debrandes
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short boardwalk loops around the Spring. No railings-watch your little ones as it gets very crowded here

Thank KathyB127
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought this was the most beautiful of the features because of all of the colors, plus we saw a Bison randomly walking by. Nice loop to walk, although they just built an overlook as part of another hiking trail that overlooks it which I am sure is even MORE stunning of a view. Next time!

Thank jv0606
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Written reviews of this hot springs aren't going to do this place justice. It's pretty stunning.

Make this one of your first stops and do both trails - the one that allows you to walk through the springs and the trail that takes you above the springs. You'll get an up close and personal view as well as the overhead view.

Make sure you have your camera and water/snacks for the hike.

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Words can’t describe the springs. A must stop. Stay on the path to view an array of colors from these springs. Awesome

Thank Meander607241
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many "must see" sites in Yellowstone, but this one is particularly special. You just can't believe the colors. It's difficult to photograph because from the walkway in front you really can't see everything, and the lighting and view depends on the time of day, cloud cover, air temperature/humidity (steam), etc. Next time we visit I want to take the trail that leads to a higher vantage point behind the Spring. I anticipate great views and pictures.

Thank Scott N
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