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Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is a 1.6 mile heavily 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 walking.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 200 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Walking Hot springs River Views No shade No dogs
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Come see the surreal colors of the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring! This trail takes you almost entirely on a boardwalk overlooking the striking hot springs. The extremely hot water teems with microscopic life, giving it the incredible colors. Please be careful with children as some of the boardwalk has no railing. This trail is one of the most popular places in the park, so weekdays and early mornings are your best chance to find some solitude.

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Nathan Lyon
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Kristyn Smith
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Quick little hike but crowded.

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Ryan Wood
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Peter Schneidler
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Easy, with a decent climb in the second half. Crowded, even on a weekday in September.

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Tarryn Humphreys
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quick and easy, worth the trip, we even got to see a bison!

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Aoife W
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Definitely worth seeing from the overlook, not just from the boardwalk around it!

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K Rozo
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Devansh Desai
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Patrick Gilliland
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Trevor Wiseman
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Joe Roubal
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Kristen Fortman
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Alan McDougal
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The individual sites are pretty but there is a LOT of dull space in between. Imperial was gorgeous though.

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Luke Blum
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Tatiana Greener
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Super fun hike to fairy falls and grand prismatic overlook. Wide and mostly flat. Heavily trafficked

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Lindsey Hendrickson
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Karen Paulk
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Kelvin Standard
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Easy trail. Pea gravel for 95%. Heavily traveled until prismatic over look. After that just a few hikers.

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Sam G
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The grand prismatic feature is epic looking, rest of the trail is relaly not toooo much happening with lots and lots and lots of ppl milling around.

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Gregory Emmons
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Rachel Tricase
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Nice easy trail, heavily trafficked but not as overcrowded as the midway geyser basin. We also preferred this view of grand prismatic more than the view at the midway geyser basin. Just make sure you don’t go to early or to late. If it’s cold outside, there will be a lot of steam and you won’t be able to see the colors all that well. We went at 9am and 10am in September and it was a chilly morning, so it was very steamy.

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Lance Ulrich
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Kyle Spoelma
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Michelle Nguyen
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Good quick easy hike. Short incline. Good over view of the grand prismatic spring.

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Jeff Kempski
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Parking is a hard to get but we got lucky. The trail is easy.

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Zubaer Tazin
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Cool place but over crowded

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Paul Hogrefe
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A must do. So spectacular!

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Marc Saeger
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Saw a herd of buffalo frolicking by the snake River, I took a duty by goose Lake, fairy falls was beautiful as well as the grand prize prismatic what colors!

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Cariana Glessner
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CROWDED. not really worth it as you couldn't stop and enjoy it. we also had to park a long ways away and walk

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Wes Harris
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