Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

EASY 124 reviews
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Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Yellowstone, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

river

views

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

7 days ago

Freaking awesome...crowded but not too bad...being a little bit off the road helps.

14 days ago

Beautiful but very crowded

hiking
23 days ago

I took an additional trail above the grand prismatic...not a soul on the trail but us. Gorgeous overlook of the pools without all of the traffic on the east path to the pools.

1 month ago

Breathtaking. Never seen anything so naturally beautiful but DOES NOT HAVE A BATHROOM! Haha only complaint I have. Haha

3 months ago

Great views and a fairly short, very pretty hike. Kid-friendly. We were cautioned to watch for bears, as some frequent the area.

3 months ago

Such a pretty magical place. Absolute must if you go to Yellowstone.

walking
4 months ago

Go at sunset to get a great view of Grand Prismatic and alpenglow covered mountains. The new overlook trail is a steep but short hike.

4 months ago

Amazing view but very hard to enjoy with the crowd. Lots of rude foreigners with no consideration of others at all. Glad to see it from that vantage point once but will never do it again because of the crowd.

4 months ago

great view.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome view.

hiking
5 months ago

It's a great view to see the grand prism from this trail, and it's very easy.

5 months ago

We went late afternoon. Had mostly blue sky with a few clouds. The view of Grand Prismatic was spectacular! I chose to hike this late afternoon based on another review. Apparently with the cooler morning air, there can be more steam coming off the pool obscuring the view. The wind also seems to affect the steam coming off the pool, based on my observation when we were on the boardwalk at Grand Prismatic. Nevertheless, we were rewarded with a perfect view from above this day!

walking
6 months ago

I actually love the crater spring just below this one. Prismatic is beautiful by plane and photo but you really can't see it from the boardwalk well because it's so flat.

walking
6 months ago

Stunningly beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike to a great view from the brand new viewing platform. Didn’t have time to explore Fairy Falls with our 5 and 10 yo’s and their 70+ grandmother, but will in the future.

6 months ago

Not much to see on the way but the view at the end of the trail is worth it.

walking
6 months ago

Very fun and beautiful and well worth the visit. The only downside was how crowded it was. I travel with a four year old and the crowd was somewhat difficult at times to move through.
Plus side the pathway is kid friendly.

hiking
6 months ago

Great easy hike. Plenty of people on trail, so safe to go solo and not worry about wildlife (still be bear aware!) be prepared for tons of people at the top

hiking
6 months ago

This is a really easy trail meant for all skill levels. Wish it was a little longer. The view at the top is totally worth it though.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, but not so much a trail or hike... more of a park and shoot type of experience. Really really crowded but that comes with it being very accessible. We were there on a really cold and windy day. I would love to go back in the Winter and maybe do a hike above it.

walking
6 months ago

only recommend going if it is a clear day, we were disappointed we couldn't see color of spring and wished we had passed.

walking
7 months ago

Amazing

walking
7 months ago

It is closer to Moderate but only because all the elevation is in the last 400 yards. The overlook provides a beautiful look of the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring that needs to be seen from the air to really appreciate it. Several buffalo along side the flat part of trail- remember just because you are on path doesn’t mean you should ignore safety distances!

hiking
7 months ago

Looking out across to the Grand Prismatic is one thing but taking the short hike to see it topside is a must do. One of my favorite geysers at Yellowstone!

9 months ago

An absolute must do trail

hiking
10 months ago

Yes, Yellowstone is incredibly busy and there will be people everywhere at the geyser basin trails, but in my opinion, it is totally worth dealing with the crowds. The Grand Prismatic is an absolutely beautiful geological wonder. The boardwalk is cool but the overlook is even better in my opinion.

hiking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Do this hike!! Everyone goes to the boardwalk but this beats the boardwalk all day, definitely worth your time!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Very beautiful

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

unforgettable view!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Amazing! Went in July 2016.

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