Fairy Creek Trail to Imperial Geyser

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Fairy Creek Trail to Imperial Geyser is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

6.6 miles
538 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


no dogs

Short route: Park 1 mile south of Midway Geyser Basin, cross the steel bridge and walk 1 mile to the trailhead. Long route: Park at the end of Fountain Flat Dr. and walk 1.75 miles to trailhead. The trail travels through young forest to the 197-foot-tall Fairy Falls passing Grand Prismatic Spring, wildflowers, lodgepole pines, and more. The hike to Fairy Falls is very easy despite its length. The trail passes Grand Prismatic Spring, and a short detour scramble up a hill offers a spectacular view of the spring. Along the hike are tons of wildflowers, obsidian, lodgepole pines, and other wildlife.

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Great views

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19 days ago

It was a little hard to find since we had no cell service the mass majority of the time way. Consider downloading the map beforehand. If you keep hiking past the waterfall you get to see some awesome geysers! It is close to a 6 mile hike in and out.

19 days ago

Easy hike with nice waterfall. Trail was crowded first week of august

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2 months ago

Wasn't able to do this hike because it was closed. Supposedly it's closed for most of the year. Would have liked to know that.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mixed emotions on this review, the walk to the falls is actually pretty boring, a very flat walk through a forest that was burned out years ago, probably would have been much more fun when there was big pine trees to look up to, but right now there is nothing to keep your attention. plus it get hot cause while there is little shade, it's not the same as an old growth forest, the fall them-self are OK, but would not go to see them again. THE GOOD part of this trail is the chance to see Grand Prismatic Springs from above, you do have to Hike up a pretty steep hill to accomplish this! Very cool sight, only do the falls if you have extra time on your hands

Thursday, February 11, 2016

make sure you go up the hill to see the grand prismatic spring.

cross country skiing
Monday, February 01, 2016

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Labeled as a hike, but it's more of a long walk. The falls were OK, but the walk to it for me had a fun 1000 pound interruption. I followed, from a safe distance, a docile looking bison for about a quarter mile on the trail.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My favorite hike in Yellowstone. Relatively flat, not too long, and a beautiful waterfall. In the spring, the fall is usually ices over somewhat, which makes it even prettier. Best part of the hike is about half a mile in. Find a spot, and climb up the steep hill to see an overall view of the Grand Prismatic Spring. It's bright blue center with orange and red flames can't be seen in its entirety from the boardwalk. It's a little challenging to climb up the hill, but you don't have to go too far up to be rewarded with one of the best views in the park.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

An easy gravel trail with little elevation gain. It passes through a young forest and terminates at a beautiful waterfall.

Friday, September 25, 2015

This was my favorite hike in Yellowstone! It starts out on a very wide crowded trail. Look on the tops of the trees on the tops of the hills to the left for eagles! Past all of the do not climb signs is a small trail head that goes up the hillside for an amazing view of the Grand Prismatic Spring. Not far past that is a small sign for the turn off for Fairy Falls. The trail goes through pine forests and old burn areas. Watch for deer through here! Close to the falls the trail opens up to a view of the valley. Bring binoculars to look for buffalo! Fairy Falls was my favorite waterfall of all the falls we saw in the park! They were just amazing! If you continue less than a mile past the falls you will find 2 very active geysers and possibly more buffalo!