Midway Geyser Basin Trail

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Midway Geyser Basin Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until September.

0.8 miles 76 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This basin is home to two of the largest geothermal features in Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring & Exelsior Geyser. Midway Geyser Basin is much smaller than the other basins found alongside the Firehole River. Despite its small size, it contains two large features: the 200-by-300-foot-wide Excelsior Geyser which pours over 4,000 gallons per minute into the Firehole River and the 370-foot-wide and 121-foot-deep Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. Midway Geyser Basin is located about half-way between the Madison and Old Faithful regions of Yellowstone National Park. From the parking lot, take the trail south and cross the Firehole River. You will see several streams of steaming water pouring from the terrace above into the Firehole River.

3 months ago

Ok walk on a boardwalk, usually very busy & actually is not the best way to see Grand Prismatic spring, but worth the walk if you have the time!

4 months ago

4 months ago

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Could spend so much time admiring the hot springs! So beautiful and so unique! This basin has one of the biggest and most beautiful hot springs (Grand Prismatic)! Gets very crowded...so patience is needed!

walking
9 months ago

Here are two things that the above description seem to lack:
1. This is a heavily used area. If you're planning to visit June - August finding a parking spot will most likely be challenging. Be prepared to encounter a lot of people.
2. It's worth it for this reason: GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING. One of the most colorful displays of nature in the entire world. You must see this if you're in Yellowstone.

11 months ago

Easy walk around one of the world's biggest hot tubs. Very colorful. Be patient though because it gets crowded with tourists.

nature trips
1 year ago

Very pretty!

hiking
1 year ago

Small trail but what a huge impact! This was my most favorite spots in Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic Springs is breathtaking. I would suggest going to the Fairy Falls trail to hike up the Grand Prismatic overlook.

hiking
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

Good time

hiking
1 year ago

Like most "trails" in Yellowstone, this is an easy to use boardwalk. Be prepared for lots of people, but it's well worth it. Highlight here is Grand Prismatic Lake, which is absolutely amazing. The colors are brilliant, so much though that it's almost supernatural.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Sadly, it was cloudy and snowing sulfer when we visited here, but it still managed to be fascinating.

hiking
2 years ago

Midway Geyser Basin is home to Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. Easy 1/2 mile walk along a set of boardwalks.

2 years ago

walking
3 years ago

Midway Geyser Basin contains the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone's largest hot spring, and probably the most colorful. A 1/2 mile boardwalk takes you through the geysers, and across the Firehole River. Easy walking.

walking
3 years ago

Loved Grand Prismatic Geyser it's huge