Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

I actually love the crater spring just below this one. Prismatic is beautiful by plane and photo but you really can't see it from the boardwalk well because it's so flat.

3 days 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.

Stunningly beautiful!

Easy hike to a great view from the brand new viewing platform. Didn’t have time to explore Fairy Falls with our 5 and 10 yo’s and their 70+ grandmother, but will in the future.

8 days ago

Not much to see on the way but the view at the end of the trail is worth it.

Very fun and beautiful and well worth the visit. The only downside was how crowded it was. I travel with a four year old and the crowd was somewhat difficult at times to move through.
Plus side the pathway is kid friendly.

14 days ago

Great for kids!

Great easy hike. Plenty of people on trail, so safe to go solo and not worry about wildlife (still be bear aware!) be prepared for tons of people at the top

This is a really easy trail meant for all skill levels. Wish it was a little longer. The view at the top is totally worth it though.

Great views, but not so much a trail or hike... more of a park and shoot type of experience. Really really crowded but that comes with it being very accessible. We were there on a really cold and windy day. I would love to go back in the Winter and maybe do a hike above it.

walking
27 days ago

only recommend going if it is a clear day, we were disappointed we couldn't see color of spring and wished we had passed.

walking
27 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
29 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Amazing

Colors from the spring are amazing!

It is closer to Moderate but only because all the elevation is in the last 400 yards. The overlook provides a beautiful look of the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring that needs to be seen from the air to really appreciate it. Several buffalo along side the flat part of trail- remember just because you are on path doesn’t mean you should ignore safety distances!

Looking out across to the Grand Prismatic is one thing but taking the short hike to see it topside is a must do. One of my favorite geysers at Yellowstone!

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

An absolute must do trail

hiking
4 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!

Yes, Yellowstone is incredibly busy and there will be people everywhere at the geyser basin trails, but in my opinion, it is totally worth dealing with the crowds. The Grand Prismatic is an absolutely beautiful geological wonder. The boardwalk is cool but the overlook is even better in my opinion.

Do this hike!! Everyone goes to the boardwalk but this beats the boardwalk all day, definitely worth your time!

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.

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