Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
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Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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  • Gretz
    43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    If you have the time, I would recommend taking the longer hike to an upper viewing area, so that you’re looking down at the springs. We walked the boardwalk area that puts you right next to the springs. This was amazing, but also hard to get a full view of how large these springs are. The contrast in colors was incredible.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • CanuckAlberta
    647 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GPS amazing
    Grand Prismatic Springs is a must see if visiting Yellowstone, especially if you are looking for more accessible activities. The parking lot was full when we arrived at 10AM so we had to park on the side of the highway which was not an issue for us. We did not find it overcrowded as the people are dispersed around the .5mile boardwalk. Even though it was a cool/cloudy day the colors were amazing, I can only imagine what it would look like on a sunny day. Because it was cool, which creates more steam and limits visibility, we did not hike up to the overlook.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • jehenson81
    Washington DC, District of Columbia24,884 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Photo Op
    This spring is the largest in Yellowstone and is the place everyone wants to have a picture of themselves taken at. I was told by the ranger at Old Faithful that the viewpoint was closed due to trail conditions but I bet it is amazing to see from above. I was able to take a few selfies of myself and even had a couple people offer to take my picture in front of it. Be courteous and help each other. Makes the whole experience better and gives everyone a change to get a pic of themselves in front of this work of (natural) art.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 22, 2024
  • Reeni01
    Washington DC, District of Columbia171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    View it from the Overlook!
    I recommend viewing it from the overlook. It was spectacular! There are two ways of seeing it - from up high or from the ground! I'm a NatGeo nerd, so being able to finally see this in person was just wonderful. I took the path with the view from high. It was a steep incline and I struggled a bit, but as they say - slow and steady. The overlook at the top is a little small but it defiantly provided a different perspective than if you view it from the ground.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 22, 2024
  • winter1963
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful spring!
    Boardwalk loop provides easy access to explore the spring. Parking lot is small for the popularity of the attraction. Pack your patience! It doesn't take a long time to visit, so cars leave frequently!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 27, 2024
  • omegon
    Bangkok, Thailand226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best attraction of the national park
    This trail is best viewed via the Fairy Falls trail, which will give you a higher up view so you can see the whole thing. The trail is fairly easy and not that long. Around 1.7 KM one way. If the weather is too cold there will be a lot of steam and it is hard to see. Best to go there when the temperature is around 60 F or higher so the steam disappears. Parking is somewhat limited; be ready for slow traffic.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 19, 2024
  • TrailTrekker15
    Tallahassee, Florida5,186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Spring but Come Early
    My parents and I got up early and drove from West Yellowstone straight to Grand Prismatic Spring. The parking here fills up early in the day and requires waiting in a long line or a long hike to see later. Fortunately it worked! We got a parking spot and hiked up to the spring along the boardwalk. The main spring was stunning with multi-colored areas depending on the heat and bacteria. Other geysers and springs are located adjacent to Grand Prismatic as well making it an all-around must-see in Yellowstone!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 22, 2024
  • Mudeford 123
    158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Absolutely stunning. Car park fills up just have to be patient. Get a good view from above if you hike from Fairy Falls. Well with doing. Never seen anything like this. Well worth visiting.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2024
  • D L
    Casa Grande, Arizona335 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Above for the Pic
    Most folks take the boardwalk to this feature and get a fateful of steam; not a great view of the whole. Less well known is the 1.6 mile round trip to the overlook from the Fairy Falls Trailhead; it sets about 150 feet above and about 200 yds from the feature edge. Great pics, but a moderate hike from the parking lot. Were age challenged, but we managed it.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2024
  • Robert D
    4,185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW!
    Go early because the parking area fills up quickly. The best view of the springs are from the overlook trail. It's about a mile each way, with the last part steadily uphill. But the walk itself is not too challenging. There was a bison near the trail and we had to be careful not to get too close to it. Although it was a long hike to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook, the beautiful colors made it worthwhile. This is one of the highlights of Yellowstone National Park.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written July 5, 2024
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Trip A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
The vibrant colors are even more stunning in person. The boardwalk offers excellent views directly in and around the spring, allowing you to appreciate the vivid colors and the sheer size of the spring. The surrounding landscape is equally impressive, adding to the overall beauty of the location.
Written July 11, 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Go early because the parking area fills up quickly. The best view of the springs are from the overlook trail. It's about a mile each way, with the last part steadily uphill.
But the walk itself is not too challenging. There was a bison near the trail and we had to be careful not to get too close to it. Although it was a long hike to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook, the beautiful colors made it worthwhile. This is one of the highlights of Yellowstone National Park.
Written July 5, 2024
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D L
Casa Grande, AZ335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Most folks take the boardwalk to this feature and get a fateful of steam; not a great view of the whole. Less well known is the 1.6 mile round trip to the overlook from the Fairy Falls Trailhead; it sets about 150 feet above and about 200 yds from the feature edge. Great pics, but a moderate hike from the parking lot. Were age challenged, but we managed it.
Written July 3, 2024
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Mudeford 123
158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely stunning. Car park fills up just have to be patient. Get a good view from above if you hike from Fairy Falls. Well with doing. Never seen anything like this. Well worth visiting.
Written July 1, 2024
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Emma L
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The colors of the springs are amazing. The platforms are well-maintained.

The parking lot fills up quickly and people end up parking along the side of the road.
Written June 26, 2024
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL5,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My parents and I got up early and drove from West Yellowstone straight to Grand Prismatic Spring. The parking here fills up early in the day and requires waiting in a long line or a long hike to see later. Fortunately it worked! We got a parking spot and hiked up to the spring along the boardwalk. The main spring was stunning with multi-colored areas depending on the heat and bacteria. Other geysers and springs are located adjacent to Grand Prismatic as well making it an all-around must-see in Yellowstone!
Written June 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

omegon
Bangkok, Thailand226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This trail is best viewed via the Fairy Falls trail, which will give you a higher up view so you can see the whole thing. The trail is fairly easy and not that long. Around 1.7 KM one way.

If the weather is too cold there will be a lot of steam and it is hard to see. Best to go there when the temperature is around 60 F or higher so the steam disappears.

Parking is somewhat limited; be ready for slow traffic.
Written June 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

winter1963
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Boardwalk loop provides easy access to explore the spring.

Parking lot is small for the popularity of the attraction. Pack your patience! It doesn't take a long time to visit, so cars leave frequently!
Written May 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Reeni01
Washington DC, DC171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
I recommend viewing it from the overlook.

It was spectacular! There are two ways of seeing it - from up high or from the ground! I'm a NatGeo nerd, so being able to finally see this in person was just wonderful. I took the path with the view from high. It was a steep incline and I struggled a bit, but as they say - slow and steady. The overlook at the top is a little small but it defiantly provided a different perspective than if you view it from the ground.
Written April 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This spring is the largest in Yellowstone and is the place everyone wants to have a picture of themselves taken at. I was told by the ranger at Old Faithful that the viewpoint was closed due to trail conditions but I bet it is amazing to see from above. I was able to take a few selfies of myself and even had a couple people offer to take my picture in front of it. Be courteous and help each other. Makes the whole experience better and gives everyone a change to get a pic of themselves in front of this work of (natural) art.
Written April 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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