Explore the most popular waterfall trails near West Yellowstone with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

8 days ago

Great for kids!

walking
22 days ago

Nice easy trail with several views but noticed some people not paying attention and nearly pushed some people off the boardwalk. Crowded so go early.

walking
23 days 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.

hiking
28 days ago

Despite being hailed and snowed on while hiking this in late May, we enjoyed the hike and the falls. Very nice trail. We didn't do the loop, just hiked the one or two switchbacks up to a more level view of the top of the falls, and then went back they way we came.

hiking
30 days ago

It is an easy hike with nice views. I would highly suggest you to do round trip hike. Early in the season you can see nice wild flowers.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Turns into a great hike once past the overlook. Wish i had more time here.

Colors from the spring are amazing!

walking
1 month ago

Just inside South entrance- great spot to stop and get some fresh air! Not a well known spot but a must see. Not really a hike- more like a walk. Late May has lots of run off and muddy trail. Don’t miss it!

3 months ago

This was such a fun little hike! My grandpa and I only saw maybe 4 people and the fall at the end was so pretty! Bring bug spray and sunscreen though

hiking
3 months ago

On a road trip, my friend and I had decided to summit one of the Tetons rather than backpack in Yellowstone, so we had only one day to spend in this legendary park. We chose to see the geothermal vents and then do this waterfall loop. I definitely wasn’t disappointed with either. We hiked in the evening, and had the trail to ourselves; the sun set below the trees at the waterfall and under a colorfully streaked sky on our return we took in a herd of buffalo below us on the range. We also encountered a shy black bear. I can’t wait to get back to this magical place!

hiking
6 months ago

Moderately trafficked easy hike past the gorgeous Sapphire Pool to the picturesque Mystic Falls. We're glad we went up the first set of switchbacks (2.7m roundtrip) for a better, higher view of the waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

breathtaking

8 months ago

This was a cool hike but easy.. once we passed the overlook to Primastic Springs the crowd definitely thinned out. Once you get to Fairy Falls I would seriously consider continuing on to Imperial Gyser. There was nobody back there so it felt like it was our own private gyser.... it also goes off like every 30 seconds. If you do the whole thing you get to see prismatic, the waterfall and a gyser.

Fascinating sights!

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice easy hike to a cool waterfall...some options to go up or down and make it more challenging but we just hung out at the bottom of the falls and took it in...did it with my wife and two daughters (ages 6, 3). They handled it with no problems.

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

9 months ago

Definitely go past the falls to imperial geyser! Totally worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Great waterfall and it's beautiful out there, but there is sooooo much traffic on this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

The falls were quite beautiful. The hike was easy and had lots of other hikers.

9 months ago

We did this trail at the beginning of September 2017. It takes you past midway geyser basin and then you walk on a pretty boring (and flat and easy) path surrounded by pines for quite a while. However, eventually you get to fairy falls which are pretty. If this was the only thing you saw I probably wouldn't have loved this trail as the path to it was so boring. However, you can continue on to the imperial geyser. This is what makes the trail so worth it. There is this beautiful geyser in this amazingly blue pools. My husband and I had this site all to ourselves for a while. It was so amazing and relaxing. If you go on this trail and turn around after fairy falls you're truly missing out on an amazing experience.

Went in July 2016.

10 months ago

Nice trail!!! The fall is incredible. Beware no bathrooms at trail head, but plenty of privacy spots on the trail. Saw a buffalo grazing along the way.

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

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

hiking
11 months ago

Fairy Falls is a beautifil trail you have to pass the sign that goes to the grand prismatic over look 90% of the people will stop there. I hiked this trail with my girlfriend planning to propose at the top of the waterfall. When we got to the top there was only 5 people. I proposed to her she said Yes! This will now be forever a place we cherish together. Truly remarkable. Thanks All trails for letting me plan my proposal trip and making this an easy hike to access.

11 months ago

The normal trail just re-opened mid-July. You can now take a side trail to the new Grand Prismatic Spring overlook which was great! The Fairy Falls trail is a really good trail and a super easy hike. Lots of down timber from fires years ago and lots of newer growth trees. Saw lots of wildflowers and it was green and beautiful. The waterfall is amazing!

walking
11 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

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing! Got there nice and early....cool out, very serene before the mobs....

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

This review has to be taken in the context of 2017. The normal trail is closed this year, so you have to take the service road from fountain flats and connect to the normal trail. This makes Fairy Falls a 9 mile out and back hike. The AllTrails map at time of writing corresponds to this route. However, because of that added distance, there was nobody there. Because this is a relatively short easy hike, I imagine it is completely overrun with people in a normal season. But with the added mileage, it was empty. We had the Falls to ourselves for an hour. With the spring runoff, they were fantastic. This waterfall is hard to photograph because it's so tall. I tried to have my wife stand at the base as a size reference, and you can't see her in the photograph. The rock coloration and erosion pattern isn't like anything I've ever seen. It was spectacular.

As far as difficulty, the hike was almost perfectly flat. The service road (fountain freight road, I think? On the NPS website under the Falls) runs through a couple large valleys. It's really flat and really exposed, but the scenery is incredible. There were slot of Bison close to the road, and I never felt closer to the park than when I was on that road. The length is the only challenge. There were a lot of mosquitoes in the last mile, so bug spray.

Pros - Spectacular Waterfall, Valley scenery and wildlife, No crowds, can be shortened significantly with a bike
Cons- Long, flat, exposed

Hiked 1st week of June 2017, entirely clear of snow

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