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Fairy Falls

EASY 137 reviews
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Fairy Falls is a 4.9 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 216 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

historic site

no dogs

Note: As of May 24, 2019, trail is OPENED. There are no bear activity restrictions.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy and well marked trail. Definitely should take the overlook spur one way to get a great view of Grand Prismatic basin. We did it in 2 hours RT with the overlook.

hiking
21 days ago

the trail is easy, but not much scenery until you get to the falls. worth the hike though!

hiking
22 days ago

fun easy walk with a beautiful waterfall at the end ... just have to deal with some of the stupid tourists feeding the ground squirrels

hiking
27 days ago

I found the trail rather boring. The waterfall at the end was nice but getting there wasn’t exciting.

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

Amazing trail, probably the best day hike we did in Yellowstone! The trail is very busy for the first 3/4 mile but eventually becomes pretty deserted. The trail was well marked and fairly flat. The falls is beautiful and has great places to sit and eat, although there were some bold chipmunks trying to grab scraps. Trail was a bit muddy although it hadn't rained in a while. At the falls, if you turn right and head out of the area at your 2 o'clock there is a trail to a back woods gyser with stunning colors (Monument Geyser). It's only another 0.3miles after the falls.

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful, well trafficked out and back trail. Be sure to make the small detour to the outlook to see the Grand Prismatic hot spring, amazing. Fairy Falls is beautiful, much bigger than expected and a nice place to sit on a log and have lunch. The trail out and back is paved for a portion, then dirt, always easy to walk on. The forest consists of log pole pines most of which had burned in the fire of ‘88. Easy hike for families and kids, I’d say a must do in Yellowstone.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy walk from the south side of the Grand Prismatic Spring (with detour to an amazing overlook of the spring) to Fairy Falls through a flat woodland just regrowing from forest fires which ravaged the area in 1988. Falls are gorgeous, but LOTS of people.

hiking
1 month ago

Worth climbing to the top for the view

hiking
1 month ago

If you want to see the Grand Prismatic from a higher elevation, then take this hike. It is not too difficult. Kid friendly. A cool view for pictures of The Grand Prismatic. It does get crowded. I recommend doing it either early morning or in the evening after 4 or 5 pm. I did not go all the way to the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hiking, family hiking time, perfect for kids. It takes about 2 hours the hiking, not really long.

hiking
1 month ago

busy trail at times but easy in and out. falls are worth visiting.

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

This is trail is a must-do when visiting Yellowstone. First of all, the view point for Grand Prismatic Spring had a better vantage point and was less crowded than the viewing area below. There were some muddy patches here and there but nothing to stress about. The hike to the falls is a nice dirt trail through the forrest. Fresh air and lots of sunshine (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen recommended). Fairy falls is beautiful and grand. Well worth the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Super gorgeous and beautiful. Breathtaking

hiking
2 months ago

This started off great by adding the Grand Prasmatic Overlook to this which really set the tone. The rest of the trail is fairly flat and easy though as you do the last bit to the falls the trail was fairly muddy. At the top you are treated to a thin but tall water fall. There was also some friendly chipmunks that obviously were used to humans and would beg for scraps. I never did it but my brother in law had a picture of the chipmunk eating while in his hand.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

Hiked this today just before 7 am. Only saw one other person on the way in. We had the falls all to ourselves. By the time we got back to grand prismatic spring there were lots of people heading in. Lots of mosquitos. Nice walk although most of it wasn’t that scenic

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Great trail after doing the look out point of grand prismatic! Take bug spray! Easy walk to a beautiful waterfall to cool off by. Great little day hike!

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall. So glad we decided to do a trail in Yellowstone. Side trail to view the Grand Prismatic Spring from above. LOTS OF MOSQUITOES!!! Do yourself a favor and bring bug spray. It will make the trail so much more enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike / kind of open and hot at the beginning but the trees are starting to grow up more (we have been doing this for years so after the fires there was no shade for a while!) so there is now shade once you head in the falls off the main trailhead (maybe a mile in?) . Getting much busier now that they built the new viewpoint of Grand Prismatic (we just used to climb up the hill to see it so it’s nice they have a trail now). Kind of makes parking a zoo and take a little away from the nature vibe at the beginning of the trail but once you get past the viewpoint it mellows out and wasn’t too bad. Falls are gorgeous / definitely get close enough to feel the spray! But please relax not in the middle of the path / both going towards the calls and moving away we had to ask propel to go by them as they were literally sitting on a log in the only place you can really pass by to get to the falls / so rude! Won’t let rude people make me lower the rating but am taking off one star because I think the first mile is pretty blah even though you do get cool views of grand prismatic.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Really easy hike! The waterfall at the end is beautiful. There were so many mosquitoes so be prepared!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my all time favorite hikes, you can walk right up to the waterfall! I went in August and it was a pretty good flow.

hiking
2 months ago

More of a stroll than a hike. Lots of people but pretty!

hiking
2 months ago

We arrived around 8:30 am and grabbed a parking spot. It wasn't very busy around then. Took us about 2 hours to hike roundtrip to the falls, plus about 25 min spent at the falls themselves! Very easy hike and flat trail, but it was pretty buggy out. We stopped at the Grand Prismatic overlook both ways - I recommend passing by the overlook on the way back. At 8:40, it was still very steamy, but by the time we came back around 11 am, the steam had cleared some and the view was much better! Parking was very very crowded when we left.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

This hike to the falls is incredible, be be prepared! The mosquitoes are out of control so layer up and put on bug spray before you take the hike. Once you get to the falls the mosquitoes are gone, but you will have to turn around and face the swarm on the way back.

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Lovely trail, with a small detour for the overview of Grand Prismatic. We extended the hike till Fairy Creek - Little Firehole, which was a nice add-up. From the falls till Little Firehole there were a lot of recent

hiking
3 months ago

Saw a grizzly bear right where the trail breaks for the observation point- bring bear spray! Overall, lovely morning trail. We saw bison and elk as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to find, easy to follow, easy to hike. I went early, so the sun was not on the falls. Noon or later for best pics, but a lot more people, of course.

3 months ago

Hiked when area re-opened memorial day weekend, hoping it was less busy. First section with the overlook was kinda busy but once we headed down the trail the first to the falls was peaceful. The grand prismatic overlook was amazing and the falls were wonderful. Distance good to eat lunch once hiked to the falls then head back out.

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