Midway Geyser Basin Trail

EASY 46 reviews
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Midway Geyser Basin Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Yellowstone, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
68 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This basin is home to two of the largest geothermal features in Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring & Exelsior Geyser. Midway Geyser Basin is much smaller than the other basins found alongside the Firehole River. Despite its small size, it contains two large features: the 200-by-300-foot-wide Excelsior Geyser which pours over 4,000 gallons per minute into the Firehole River and the 370-foot-wide and 121-foot-deep Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. Midway Geyser Basin is located about half-way between the Madison and Old Faithful regions of Yellowstone National Park. From the parking lot, take the trail south and cross the Firehole River. You will see several streams of steaming water pouring from the terrace above into the Firehole River.

hiking
8 days ago

Fascinating sights!

hiking
12 days ago

2 different thermal features which are very unique on their own.

1 month ago

hiking
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1 month ago

Went in July 2016.

1 month ago

As everything is in Yellowstone, very congested, but this was a very cool site. There is also an observation point nearby that's over 2 miles round-trip

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Unbelievable!! The grand prismatic geyser is by far my favorite and a must see! The color variation is spectacular.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Flat walk.. very beautiful and multicolored pools that make this spot at the top on my must see places when I'm in Yellowstone

4 months ago

Great set of pools. You need to stop here on your trip. The grand prismatic gets a little steamy and hard to see, but wait for a gust and the colors get uncovered.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice and easy trail

4 months ago

walking
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