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Grand Prismatic Overlook Trail

Steam rises from the prismatic pool with snow surrounding it.

This trail gradually climbs 105 feet over 0.6 miles from the Fairy Falls Trailhead to a view looking down on Grand Prismatic Spring and the Midway Geyser Basin.

Safety notes: Trail opens in late May (Bear Management Area closure). Parking is very limited.

Trailheads: Park 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Midway Geyser Basin at the Fairy Falls Parking Lot.

This is a 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the western part of the park, with the trailhead south of Midway Geyser Basin.
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Yellowstone National Park

Steam rises from the prismatic pool surrounding by snow.
Winter view of Grand Prismatic Spring from the overlook

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Last updated: October 28, 2019