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Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail

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

NPS/Diane Renkin

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.

Details
This is a 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
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.
Hikers standing on the rocky top of Avalanche Peak with Yellowstone Lake in the background.

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Last updated: June 27, 2018