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Definitely one of the cooler geothermal areas in Yellowstone.

Just did the upper loop, but my kids enjoyed the trail and there is some shade on the upper part. Hope to see steamboat geyser one day!

Great easy hike to see lots of pots and geysers

The trail is closed :(

If you’re looking for hot springs this is a great hike for everyone. Be prepared for crowds though. Still worth it.

Couldn't find the Queen's Laundry spur. I'm nearly certain it's over grown. The rest was a fun hike though. Quite easy and quiet.

good little hike. the natural bridge is really cool.

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no shade
1 month ago

Park at Fountain Flats to avoid fighting for a parking spot at Fairy Falls trailhead. Path is wide and flat, following the river most of the way to the Grand Prismatic Overlook

There is a lot more to see here than you realize and parking is a bear at different times. I would highly recommend checking this out early morning or in the late afternoon to miss the crowds. As far as what you see, it has quite the variety of Hot Springs, Geysers, and mud pots so you will get to see a little bit of everything. It does have some elevation changes so I would rate this easy-moderate.

Due to the heat of summer we didn't complete the trails here. The boardwalks and trails are well maintained and not particularly difficult. The views are impressive.

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1 month ago

Fine for a bike ride but otherwise fairly dull compared with the amazing views on other sections of nearby trail

Easy walk on a paved path to the natural bridge

hiking
1 month ago

Must See, its short but pretty

this is an easy walk through a geyser basin. much of the Walk is on boardwalks. the geysers are very interesting. pick up a information brochure at the museum to explain what you're looking at as you walk through the basin. there are some steep areas that would make it difficult to push anyone in a wheelchair through. This listing said there were wildflowers. I would not choose to do this as a wildflower searching hike. there are better hikes for wildflowers in Yellowstone than this. but, all in all, it is a nice walk through the geyser

We almost skipped Norris geyser basin and I’m so glad we didn’t. We did the small upper porcelain loop first and all the boardwalk was really easy to walk on for kids and older folks. It wasn’t a loop due to construction and ended at whales mouth (this was 2 weeks ago) but very nice. The lower loop had a great surprise as steamboat geyser erupted and kids were ecstatic. Amazing geyser basin and great easy hike!

This is a great trail to do if your time is short. It's only a couple of miles and the bridge is really fun to see. I'd you are limited to easy trails you can get to the point where you cab see the bridge no problem. The trail looping up behind the bridge is the moderate part.

One of my favorite day hikes in the park that I have done several times. Usually have the trail all to myself - might run into one or two other groups. More traffic on the Fair Falls side. May require a stream crossing in a thermal area depending on route. Watch for bison!

This was probably my favourite Yellowstone geothermal hike. We actually only walked Porcelain basin as a storm was coming. The colours at dusk when we were there were amazing and totally unique. Part of one of the loops was under construction but it wasn’t a big deal. All boardwalk and paved path.

Very beautiful.... really peaceful.... lots of great views!

Very beautiful.... really peaceful.... lots of great views!

Very beautiful.... really peaceful.... lots of great views!

Very beautiful.... really peaceful.... lots of great views!

Very beautiful.... really peaceful.... lots of great views!

We started at the trailhead next to the road and walked out to the natural bridge. It’s paved which was disappointing but the natural bridge is awe-inspiring. We walked up the stream to the top and found another trail that leads to the actual top of the bridge. You can’t walk across it but there is a trail around it to see the opposite side. This looped around and rejoined the original trail at the bottom. We saw a marmot run across the bridge from the bottom and that was pretty cool. Easy trail and big payoff for little effort.

(Hiked 6-21-19) Firstly, I suggest doing this trail in the morning so the sun is not behind the arch as you are trying to take pictures of it! Tons of yellow lilies and phlox on the trail, which is flat and easy until you get to the arch. Some of the trail is actually an old paved access road. A quick steep scramble gets you up and around the backside of the arch, with cute stone steps to cross the stream.

6/13/2019: Nice trail, wide paved through most of it...forest, flowers, streams lead to natural bridge...very easy...nice teail6

Favorite geyser hike in Yellowstone! Less touristy and plenty of scenic spots for amazing photos!

Brink of the upper falls and parts near inspiration point are closed too. Trail is beautiful outside of that.

We only able to hike the two southern loops due to rain. Norris Geyser Basin is totally worth the time and effort to hike the entire thing. The diverse sizes and kinds of geothermal features make this a must see.

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