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Fairy Falls is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 216 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Hot springs River Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Historic site No dogs
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Phalcon Parker
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Pretty easy hike, lots of people on the trail. Arrived at the lot ~930am and there were still plenty of parking spaces, but lot was full by the time I got back. IMO, it's worth adding the extra distance to Imperial geyser!

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william hewitt
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Hiking

Trail is super easy, very wide.

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Caroline Forster Sullivan
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Walking

This was an awesome walk through the woods to see a huge waterfall. My kids (7 and 3) were able to easily complete this trail. We stopped and saw the geyser on the way back. Great day!

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Tatiana Greener
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HikingGreat!

I have been to Yellowstone many times and hadn’t done this trail. Pretty fun and very easy. We started early and only 1 other family at the falls. We passed a lot of people on the way back. Grand prismatic overlook was great. Start early.

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Jeff Salakar
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Rachel Tricase
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Hiking

Great trail if you want to see a little bit more than the grand prismatic overlook. It’s a nice easy hike to fairy falls which is a beautiful waterfall. We also liked this view of grand prismatic more than the view at midway geyser basin.

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Shannon L
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HikingGreat!

This is one of my favorite hikes on our trip to Yellowstone because it has the most variety of things to see. There are a couple of ways to make this the best experience: 1. This is one of the most popular hikes in Yellowstone, so go early. We got there at 8am with plenty of parking and hardly any hikers. 2. Stop at the Grand Prismatic Overlook on your way to falls. Once you make it back to the main trail at the end it will be very crowded, so get this done early. We hiked to the overlook with only one other group of people present. 3. Don’t miss the turn off for the falls and make sure you know where you are going. I can’t tell you how many people stopped to ask us where the falls were and had passed the falls path by A LOT. Always know where you are going in the backcountry. 4. The falls early had hardly anyone there. We had the place pretty much to ourselves. Once you have reached the falls keep going! Don’t miss the chance to see the Imperial Geyser. 5. I recommend going a full loop. There is an option once leave the falls to go straight to the Geyser or go right to the meadow. Once you go to falls and Geyser I recommend to go back to the split and then continue the rest of the way (you can make a loop to the lakes and bike path) through the meadow. You will leave the people and crowds behind. We saw quite a few bison out in the meadow which was pretty neat. 6. After and through the meadow area you will pass quite a few thermal features which is really neat, but make sure to stay on trail. 7. We had lunch at the lake before heading back along the bike path back to the main fairy falls trail. It’s about 9.5 miles if you go the full loop. Take bearspray! I would not recommend starting this hike mid morning or early afternoon, it gets very crowded. Go early!

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Michael Brandon
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Cariana Glessner
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Hiking

busy trail, boring walk, but nice waterfall

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Deanna Graham
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HikingGreat!

Packed - recommend going early to avoid the crowds. Little muddy towards the end. Can hike up the path to see the spring on the way there or the way back. Great falls and then really cool view of the spring. Enjoy!

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Nicholas Williams
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Hiking

Nice easy well groomed trail. Beautiful waterfall.

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Alison Campbell
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HikingGreat!

Great little walk(not so much of a hike). A great way to break up driving through Yellowstone. It was moderately crowded around 9 am, but more often than not people wore masks. The overlook is stunning, and the trek to the falls was peaceful and quiet. Took about 2 hours with multiple stops and a leisurely pace.

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Tracy Collins
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Hiking

Nice little hike. I only did one way from the falls to the parking lot

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alissa Cardone
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Trang Bui
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Hiking

Great and easy hike

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Benny Lim
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Colette Vardeman
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Hiking

Easy trail, pretty waterfall

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Henry Chyung
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Nice, easy (but somewhat boring) trail to the falls, which was pretty good. However, the highlight of the hike was a tremendous view (from the overlook) of Grand Prismatic Spring. It was spectacular (and much bigger than expected). Took one hour and forty five minutes to complete.

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Kelsey Brice
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Hiking

The highlight of this trail was stopping at the overlook of the Grand Prismatic. Once you turn off to the main trail that takes you to the Fairy Falls, there is zero elevation and it’s a bit boring. If you’re an avid hiker, skip this trail. The waterfall is not great either for the distance you have to walk; round trip is about 4 miles give or take.

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Sally Bartelmo
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HikingGreat!

Very easy little hike, but the falls are really cool. Crowded near the parking lot. Combine with Grand Prismatic if you have time! The falls are really nice and a good spot to have a snack before heading back.

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Greg Shuff
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Hiking

The Falls are great but the route is kinda boring.

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Kelly Morgan
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Hiking

The wife and I took the long route to the fall. A little over 10 miles. Was really busy so we bypassed the spring over look and the falls trail. Found a nice little camp ground for lunch and then some geysers. Before the second trail to the falls went to a really awesome geyser in a big pond. Stunning. Only 4 people there. Then off to the falls we went. By this time it was getting late so there wasn't many people there either. On the way back we hit the overlook of the prismatic spring just in time for the golden hour. Pretty flat but very nice at the same time. Not many trees and didn't have many bugs either.

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Shelly Taft
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HikingGreat!

Easy beautiful trail. A little crowded.

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Justin Racklin
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Hiking

The Grand Prismatic Overlook is amazing. The rest of the trail toward Fairy Falls is uninteresting and in the trees the entire route until you reach the falls which is avg at best. There are no beautiful views at all. My advice..,go to Grand Prismatic Overlook and go back to your car.

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Gregg Dickson
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Lauren Butterfield
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Hiking

I would highly recommend this hike because it's gorgeous and basically 0 elevation gain. You get great views of Grand Prismatic just before you turn off on the hike. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen because it has 0 shade along the way.

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Briana Pica
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Hiking

It was a nice flat trail to the falls. The grand prismatic spring overlook was a nice addition at the beginning of our hike. We also continues past the falls to another geyser which was very worth it! This is a trickier path for children but is less trafficked so it was nice!

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Jenae Holtzhafer
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HikingNo shade

First, find a bathroom before you get to this trailhead. There is nothing around. There were way too many people here. Most without masks. We started around 11am on a Saturday so that probably didn’t help, but it was full sun with little shade and a very dusty and busy ‘road’ for about 1/2 of the walk. I can’t even classify it as a hike. There were people with flip flops. About a mile down the bike road, you could see some cool features of Grand Prismatic through the tree line, but nothing overly exciting Once we turned left onto the branch to Fairy Falls, there were less people and some shade. But as Joseph said, nothing to see but dense pine forest. No views, no water features, no animals. The falls were pretty and a relief from the sun, but I don’t get too excited about waterfalls so it was pretty ordinary. We had lunch and the ground squirrels were entertaining. That was honestly the highlight for me. There is a loop off the main road to an overlook to see Grand Prismatic, but it was so overrun with people it was not enjoyable. When I think of this trail now, I think of the exact reason why we look for trails that other people don’t know about! I definitely would not do it again.

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Joseph Mecha
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The overlook for Grand Prismatic on Fairy Falls trail is a good way to avoid the largest crowds. Neither the forest nor the falls were very interesting. Easy level trail.

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