We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Grand Prismatic Spring

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour
More Info
and up
Yellowstone National Park Full-Day Guided Tour
More Info
and up
Self-Guided Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour from Gardiner
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fairy falls” (102 reviews)
“ground level” (55 reviews)
Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Write a Review
Reviews (2,090)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,671 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Parking is very difficult around the Spring. We went to the Fairy Falls trailhead. Take the fork called Trail. There is a short, steep paved trail to the overlook. We were able to get a bird's eye view of the Spring and see the beautiful...More

Thank kmm8086
Reviewed 2 days ago

So glad we made the trek to see this little wonder of Yellowstone Park. You had to park about a mile away because it was so crowded, but definitely worth it. It is truly amazing to see the prismatic colors of the springs.

Thank katyd39
Reviewed 2 days ago

Next to Old Faithful, I rank this the second most popular spot in Yellowstone. If u are fit and able, do the 6 mile hike up fairy falls trail to see it from up top. The views from any level are amazing, but looking down...More

Thank id9703
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Such a remarkable geologic site. This is just beautiful. I must say the crowds of Chinese tourists made parking and viewing very difficult on this trip. There is a major problem with pushing and not following rules all over the Park when the Chinese are...More

Thank theweintraubs
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ended our first big day in the park here and even with tired children we all really enjoyed the spring. It is just so huge, and even with the amount of steam, it's colors really shine, it should definitely be on the list of...More

Thank qazphilby
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Simply beautiful.The walk to the overlook is well worth it. A slight incline but easy. Avoid peak times if possible

Thank kpmahoney90
Reviewed 3 days ago

In case you didn't know, parking is wretched in Yellowstone, so we took the tour, Yellowstone in a Day, and let the tour driver figure out where to park and got some great stories about the park too. We arrived here at about 10am and...More

1  Thank HappyOnez
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take the Fairy Falls trail to the new Grand Prismatic Springs Overlook. Early morning arrival due to limited parking but had to wait for hours for the mist to rise in order to photograph the spring.

1  Thank cad307
Reviewed 4 days ago

The best way to view is to take the short hike off of the Fairy Falls trailhead . You look down on the spring and it's surrounding area. We came back down to the Fairy falls trail and made our way to the falls. Well...More

1  Thank Waynerd14
Reviewed 4 days ago

We too the path from the south side. It's a little longer walk, but you can go up the trail to get an "overhead" view of the spring. It is truly awe inspiring! There are countless hot springs and vents on the way in. Continue...More

Nearby Restaurants
Lower Hamilton Store
97 reviews
7.68 km away
Old Faithful General Store
45 reviews
7.71 km away
Obsidian Dining Room
532 reviews
7.70 km away
Old Faithful Inn Dining Room
1,947 reviews
7.38 km away
Nearby Attractions
Old Faithful
3,581 reviews
7.39 km away
Yellowstone Lake
1,444 reviews
4.95 km away
Midway Geyser Basin
449 reviews
.03 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
28 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Jones_fromSouthGA | Reviewed this property |
Good question but sorry, I don't know the answer.
Divyesh P
1 June 2017|
Response from 361archiew | Reviewed this property |
Go to Yellowstone main page, google the visitors center and call them. This should address your question, contact their visitor's center. 307-344-7381
Steven C
15 January 2017|
Response from tizianaitaly5 | Reviewed this property |
please check at the park web site for news, below you can find something: "Area Closures near Grand Prismatic Spring The view of Grand Prismatic from the closed area The view of Grand Prismatic Spring from the closed... More
Google Translation