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

I had been looking forward to this however as other reviewers have said on a cold day there's so much steam that you can't see anything. Friends had been there in the summer and it was spectacular! We did walk the trail to the viewpoint...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank elmac40
Reviewed today

This hike is on a boardwalk and not very far. There are other springs there as well. We were there on a cold day and there was lots of steam

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SoilDoctor
Reviewed yesterday

We stopped here on a cold morning and the view was limited. The fog rising from the spring is very dense and the walkway can be slippery if its snowed. You definitely want to pick a time when its clear and dry to get the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Phyllis C
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Grand Prismatic Spring was one of the top things we saw in Yellowstone NP. You have to be patient and/or lucky in getting a parking spot, but it is well worth it. A nice boardwalk loops by the Excelsior Geyser, which is something to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JonInIndy
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow just wow. So beautiful. We started off by walking on the boardwalks on the ground up to the spring (not much parking so had to park along the road) and the view from the boardwalk is pretty seeing the colours up close. However like...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Hiked the Fairy Trail to an overlook above Prismatic Spring; view was spectacular! Can get crowded but is a must see in Yellowstone!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ketadog
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I am not a Nellie Naysayer, but after all the beautiful photos and wonderful recommendations, I have to admit that I was disappointed in the GPS. Don’t get me wrong, all of the thermal activity in YNP is amazing, but it was something of a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 611barbw
Reviewed 6 days ago

#1 Rule: Don't forget your camera, make sure your batteries are charged and that you have plenty of SD cards for your digital camera. The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank USN_Seabee_Wife
Reviewed 6 days ago

These pools of steaming water are magnificent. You just need to go there to experience the colors, the smells, enormity etc. We live in such a beautiful and majestic country. So grateful to be an American.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Juniorkp
Reviewed 1 week ago

Grand Prismatic Spring is in the Midway Geyser Basin which is located north of Old Faithful on the Grand Loop Road. There are 2 ways to view it. One is from the boardwalk trail but you don't get a very good view of it this...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Lynn W
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20 June 2019|
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Response from kaylee_morr | Reviewed this property |
There is a short uphill part of the trail but people of all ages were hiking the trail. It is not long at all, less than I mike I would guess. There are a couple of geysers along the way too so it feels like a short trip... More
16 May 2019|
Response from Shalika W | Reviewed this property |
Yes it will definitely be snow that time of the year . Best thing you could do is to call the park and ask for information about the roads. Yes most of the hiking trails will be close specially the prismatic area . hope... More
22 March 2019|
Response from CDH075 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, September can be very unpredictable (weather) so hopefully you will luck out and get a clear day to enjoy the Grand Prismatic Spring! We visited in mid September and one day it was clear and warm (high 60's) and the... More