Midway Geyser Basin Trail

EASY 44 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
19 days ago

20 days ago

Went in July 2016.

26 days 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

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1 month ago

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

walking
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hiking
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walking
2 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

3 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
3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice and easy trail

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walking
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hiking
5 months ago

The Midway Geyser Basin star is the Grand Prismatic Spring, a huge chromatic-colored spring which looks like an eye from above and featured in a lot of post-cards. Early that morning, the area was halfway shrouded in mists, so we couldn’t see the blue and green colors very well. The mist was eerie as we crossed the bridge over the Firehole River and up the boardwalk past Excelsior Geyser, which showed a past explosion that moved much rock and blasted a hole in the earth, one of the huge eruptions in the Caldera. Experts think that this spot will erupt again, causing a catastrophic event in the future. Trace evidence shows three eruptions have occurred in the past 2 million years, every 600,000 years. In fact, there is a huge pocket of molten magma under the Caldera, and the area has risen due to the pressure build-up, but no one knows when the next eruption will occur. Yellowstone Lake itself is migrating southward because the north end of the lake is pushing upward. You can feel the earth move as you walk around the boardwalk. Later in our trip we again stopped at Midway Geyser Basin. On the bridge crossing the Firehole River, we spied a huge buck at the top of a cliff across the road. It was the Hartford Insurance logo picture against the sky. One trick we learned was to cross the street and scale the hill to the top for a real treat. The Grand Prismatic Spring is breathtaking in its blue-green splendor from this vantage point; this is the spot for the best view. Down below, we once again took the stroll around the boardwalk and the bacterial mats really stood out. DON’T miss it!