Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

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Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, 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

hiking
15 hours ago

Short walk and crowded but I loved the view from above.

hiking
1 day ago

We always seem to hit this when it's rainy and steamy instead of clear. Still beautiful. Easy walk for my kids 10, 8, 5, 3.

hiking
1 day ago

Very worth it!

hiking
9 days ago

Busy, but beautiful

hiking
10 days ago

This was very easy and give you a look at some other geysers. Definitely worth checking out!

hiking
11 days ago

Very easy trail, nice view. I’d recommend to go when it’s hot because I went at 7am (mid August) to avoid the crowd but as the air is cold and there are so much steam from the pool that you can’t see anything. I stood there till 10am when the air is warmer and there were less steam and you could see some colours. So Steam vs. Crowd -your choice.

hiking
13 days 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.

This is not the right trail for getting to the prism. This is actually almost a five mile round trip to get there.

hiking
16 days ago

Very crowded like the rest of yellowstone, but much better view than on the board walk below.

Amazing view from the outlook.

hiking
17 days ago

overcrowded but worth the view

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing, above-view of Grand Prismatic. There really is no other way to see the full extent of the colors and the pool as a whole, except from above (on the boardwalk, you’re too close for the full, magnificent picture). The trail is hot, over-crowded, and juuuuuust steep enough to make you sweat and wish you brought more water, but it’s definitely worth it for the view. I recommend bringing water and not wearing flip flops. You’ll need to be patient at the overlook to get your good photos.

hiking
24 days ago

Loved this trail! It was easy except for the slight incline, but the view at the top was SO worth it!!

hiking
29 days ago

The trail is hot and crowded, but certainly worth it for the view of the spring. I don't know how else to get a true experience of the spring, since you can't see the colors and size from the boardwalk below. I would rate this as one of the must-see attractions at the park if you plan to stick close to the road.

hiking
30 days ago

A great view of the spring and its colors.

walking
1 month ago

This can hardly be called a hike. You basically walk for 10-15 minutes with hundreds/thousands of other people around you (extremely overcrowded) and then it goes up a bit for 5 minutes. The view "at the top" is quite nice, but I honestly wish I simply wouldn't have done it.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook is low impact and accessible for most age and fitness demographics. We did it in flip-flops. You will likely not find peace and serenity on this trail, nor will you be challenged. This is a highly trafficked trail leading to a wonderful top-down view of the Grand Prismatic Spring. It was quite crowded when we were there. It will probably be crowded when you're there too. It's crowded for a reason though, as the Spring is a sight to behold from above.

hiking
1 month ago

Dig the hell out of this. You won’t regret it

hiking
1 month ago

We did this back in May and the boardwalk was a bit icy Spring was steaming so hard to get get look

walking
1 month ago

Trail leads you through beautiful hot springs, all while under a wide open sky.

hiking
1 month ago

I would say this is more of a stroll than a hike, but regardless beautiful view of the entire spring. Pretty flat and wide trail the whole way with a couple small switchbacks up to the view point at the top. Very crowded, no water, no outhouse.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s hard to call this a trail, but we enjoyed getting to see the beautiful Grand Prismatic Spring from a better vantage point. Very, very easy and short hike. We arrived early and got great parking, but later in the day we saw cars had to park along the road. The viewpoint at the top is crowded, but it was worth it overall in our opinion.

The only reason to still give 2 stars is because of the pretty view in the end. The trail itself is not really exiting and way to overcrowded

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of the water

hiking
1 month ago

Trail itself is not a big deal, but the view of the spring from above is WAY better than the more trafficked boardwalk. The spring is INCREDIBLE. A wonder of nature. Instagram pics @marcomoore

hiking
2 months ago

Mid June - Great out and back trail with an awesome Overlook of the Grand Prismatic itself! The trail was open when we went and quite heavily traveled so be prepared to share the trail up and back as well as the overlook! Great for the family but may be difficult for anyone with mobility issues as there are some narrow places and it can get cramped in places. Well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked about 2 pm on a cloudy day. Crowded. We were lucky to find a parking spot. The colors were muted and not near as bright as I was expecting. I’m sure if it was sunny it would’ve been much better. Liked Morning Glory better and much less crowded. A couple we met the day before had hiked here and saw a grizzly near the power line.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

2 months ago

Quite easy. Some elevation gain at the end of the trail. Watch out for bison scats on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail to beautiful geysers, 4 star because of tourists.

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