Explore the most popular historic site trails in Wyoming with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Watching Old Faithful from the side or back away from the small winter crowd was surreal, allows you to feel and hear the geyser. Pretty stream and access to many more thermal features. Yellowstone is awesome in the winter!

Can you say you’ve been to Yellowstone if you haven’t been on this short walkabout?

2 months ago

What a wonderful secluded hike to a hidden gem in Yellowstone. A beautiful delicate looking Falls. Don’t miss the Great Prismatic Spring overlook on your way!

Pretty barn. But not much else.

My wife and I did the loop yesterday. I used a website I found that shows the last time Old Faithful and the Grand erupted and an estimate for next eruption. We watched Old Faithful erupt twice; once from right beside it and once from the observation trail. The observation trail is much better vantage point. after that, we began walking the trail. I knew Grand was supposed to erupt sometime between 1 pm and 3 pm with my best estimate at 2 pm. We were approaching the Grand at 155 pm and it started to erupt!!!! I was like a little kid, partially because I lucked out on my estimate to be there and partially because the eruption was utterly amazing...much better than Old Faithful and longer. The crowd was amazed as well. The loop is a nice relaxing walk that just about anyone can do.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail

A relatively easy hike (mainly flat) to the gorgeous falls. Not a lot of shade later in the day, so it gets hot during the summer months! Otherwise a great way to shake off the big crowds for some more solitary time in the forest.

hiking
4 months ago

I actually had a different trail in mind when I started this one, so it seemed to take forever! I hiked this trail on 08/29. Weather was dry and warm.

I hiked to the Grand Prismatic overlook first (first left fork on trail). Gorgeous view of this geothermal wonder. and, although busy, it was much less busier than walking the boardwalks, and you got a much better view. Continued and went down the other side of the hill. There was no marking for the Falls trails, but if you went right, you just headed back to the parking lot.

This trail was a bit longer than anticipated (again, I had a different trail in mind) but was a pleasant walk through the woods. I was by myself, so I did carry my bear spray and made noise through the wooded areas. it would be easy to surprise a bear around some of the twists in the path. There is a backcountry campground along this trail which I did not explore.

There is no major elevation gain (which was fine by me lol) and the falls were beautiful. There were a few people there, but it was easy to get a solo photo without any other people in. Including lots of photo stops, I took 2.5 hours for the whole trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Great 2 hour out and back hike there were only 2 people ahead of us so by the time we got to the waterfall we had it all to ourselves. Saw a bison very close and plenty of chipmunks and squirrels.

It's a short walk up to the petroglyphs, small caves and rock formations. I'd have given this 5 stars because of how awesome the history on the sandstone is, but people have really ruined it up there. The true relics are interspersed with modern carvings of letters and pictures. It's truly sad. Still, it's a place worth visiting and enjoying.

Good walk.

Four star for history. The inscriptions are for the most part faint and have had a lot of vandalism or more recent inscriptions which diminished the site. Still historically significant and should be done withe the Oregon trail ruts just a mile or two down the road.

hiking
5 months ago

I did this hike last Saturday (8/11) with two of my friends, and it was a relatively easy trek.

We started our hike around 4 pm and arrived back at the trailhead around 6 pm.

This hike was decently busy on a Saturday afternoon, but most people (families and those not properly dressed for a hike) only made it up up to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook and then headed back. We continued onward to Fairy Falls, which was well worth it!

The hike itself, was a walk in the park (all pun intended). The only elevation gain takes place on the short jaunt up to the overlook. After that, it is pretty much all even ground for the rest of the 1.5 miles to the falls. We made it from the trailhead to the falls (2.5 miles) in just about an hour; moving at a decently steady pace.

I primarily chose this hike because it was one of the longer ones in the park that included a water feature. It was also a great way to escape the crowds, as we had the falls completely to ourselves for at least 20 minutes.

Great hike for all ages and experience levels!

Amazing views along the hike with lots of Birds, flowers, butterflies and marmots. The wheel itself is quite spectacular.

walking
5 months ago

Very easy hike. Flat ground, very few rocks. Did the overlook, then the walk to the falls. Came across very few people, maybe 10 small groups, even in the busy month of July.

Hey it’s Old Faithful!! You can’t go to Yellowstone and not see Old Faithful. Super crowded of course since visitor center and other educational bdlgs are here plus gift shop etc but now I can say I saw it

6 months ago

Worth the hike to see the falls.

This is an easy hike for children with a stunning waterfall at the end. You might encounter animals along the path, keep your distance and leave them be. Very flat so no worries about terrain.

Great views of Old Faithful all around if you stand back some from the crowds along the edges. Make sure to get there early if you want the best spot/view

About 45 min drive outside of rock springs (if you keep going on this toad you’ll find the sand dunes and boats tusk). Once you park the car it’s only a quarter mile to the petroglyphs, just a light walk. Once you get there my kids and i just climbed up and around and all over the petroglyph mountain. Fun easy adventure for them. Sunglasses helped in case the wind blew the dirt didn’t get in your eyes.

So crowded! Worth it though!

6 months ago

Great for kids!

old faithful...you ol' bastard you!

walking
6 months ago

The hike is not entertaining nor scenic, but the waterfall at the end is definitely beautiful. The trail is very flat so most likely accessible to many. In addition it is open to the sun and can be very hot.

Completed this trail in the winter when it was well below zero. No crowds and a few bison and coyotes in the area.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great quiet little hike, The falls at the end are narrow but impressive in height. We had the amazing experience of seeing a fox hunting, we stopped to watch it and it walked right past us on the trail. Don't miss the small trail near the beginning that lets you see the spring.

trail running
7 months ago

I give this trail five stars for two reasons. One, it is around old faithful... The most well-known geyser in the world. Two, it is in Yellowstone National Park… One of the most beautiful places on earth. Some people rate trails by the trail itself, I rate trails by the overall experience. I had the fortune of running this trail at sunset while Old Faithful was erupting … It was glorious.

hiking
7 months ago

About the easiest hike you can do a beautiful waterfall. We also saw a bison on the trail minding its own business but please have the common sense to respect wildlife’s privacy and keep safe distances. We waited till the bison headed back into the woods before starting out again.

did 6/3 open and snow free but muddy so make sure to wear hiking boots. tons of wildlife such as bison and elk frequent the area. Hiked from fountain flats parking lot at the next Perez picnic area to fairy falls and imperial geyser out to the Grand prismatic overlook parking lot and hitched a ride back to the car. totaled 9.2 miles hiking. BRING BUG SPRAY. I think this is a much more senic version on fairy falls as you see the falls as you walk to it. there was noone on the trail. took 3 hrs 15 mins

Easy walk

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