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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  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts881 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kodachrome....6/25/23
    After first hiking to a perch overlooking the spring, where we could gain a real perspective on the vast colors of the area, we descended to the parking area for the half mile walkway around Grand Prismatic Spring. The lot was full so we parked on the side of the road and walked into the lot (really to use their facilities), then continued up to the spring. The loop walkway is one way which made for excellent control of one of the most busy spots we encountered on our 4 days in the Park. Plenty of room to take pictures and not be feeling like an imposition on anyone else's experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • rogersober
    Clermont, Florida35,932 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Park’s Best Features
    How incredible to be able to see this historic and beautiful place in the park. I wished we did the vantage point hike to see it from above. The boardwalk was very nice and parking as difficult. The restroom was good and the bison was a nice see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • jehenson81
    Washington DC, District of Columbia24,889 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 19, 2024
  • TrailTrekker15
    Tallahassee, Florida5,139 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
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2024
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL5,139 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
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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
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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
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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
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,889 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
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MikeJennyQ
Onalaska, WI954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great walk through Geyser basin. Springs is remarkable and mid afternoon reflections made great pictures. Lots of geothermal features to see
Written January 15, 2024
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Happiness43569690179
Denver, CO5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is the largest hot spring in the USA. Everybody has to see it. However, crowding may make you want not to see it.
Written December 31, 2023
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Xinyi Sun
Snellville, GA36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
THIS Views is AMAZING ... It was the MOST BEAUTIFULEST THINGS EVER
in REALITY !!

DO NOT TOUCHED the Rocks !!
Written October 27, 2023
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kirbykirby
Junction City, KS75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
You need a bright and sunny day to fully appreciate this. We did not get it but we still enjoyed seeing it. There is a boardwalk that you can walk up and get to see it from a birdeyes point of view. Its about a quarter mile walk.
Written October 16, 2023
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barb777
Chicago, IL142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We had no idea that it was quite a distance to actually see the prismatic spring. There is no signage until you get to the trail you have to take, unfortunately. It would be helpful to list the distances in the park information from the parking lot to the actual viewing, so you could choose which attractions to see before you make a point of driving there and trying to find a parking spot. Nonetheless, we did attempt the walk to see the spring. However, we got about 100 yards from our car and once a beautiful sunny day, it started raining and hailing small ice pellets on us! So, we headed back to the car, soaked through to the skin. I am sure it is beautiful to see, but be sure to be ready to walk distances to get close to any of the major geysers in the park except Old Faithful. And have an umbrella in the car.
Written September 28, 2023
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