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Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook

Scenic spot in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Introduction

Trail Description

  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Trailhead: The trail begins at the Fairy Falls Trailhead, located 1 mile south of Midway Geyser Basin.
  • πŸŒ‰ Historical Bridge: Cross the Firehole River on an old steel truss bridge, originally constructed in 1911.
  • πŸ›€οΈ Trail Path: The trail follows an old dirt road known as the Fountain Freight Road.
  • πŸ“ Distance: The trail to the overlook is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) round trip.
  • πŸ“ˆ Elevation: The trail climbs 105 feet (32 meters) over 0.6 miles (1 km).
  • πŸ‘€ Viewpoint: The overlook provides a spectacular view of the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Midway Geyser Basin.

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Best Time to Visit

  • 🌞 Midday: Visit during midday for the best view of the vibrant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring.
  • 🌫️ Morning Mist: The spring is often covered with mist in the morning, obscuring the view.
  • πŸ“… Season: The trail is open from late May to October, depending on weather conditions.
  • 🌑️ Temperature: Cooler air temperatures can result in more mist over the spring.
  • πŸ“Έ Photography: The best photos are taken on sunny days when the colors are most vibrant.

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Parking Information

  • πŸš— Location: Park at the Fairy Falls Parking Lot, 1 mile south of Midway Geyser Basin.
  • πŸ…ΏοΈ Capacity: The parking lot is larger than the one at Midway Geyser Basin but can still fill up quickly.
  • 🚌 Restrictions: RVs, buses, and cars pulling trailers are not permitted to park in this lot.
  • πŸ•’ Timing: Arrive early to secure a parking spot, especially during peak hours.
  • πŸ“± Updates: Check the Yellowstone National Park website for real-time parking availability and traffic conditions.

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Safety Tips

  • 🐻 Bear Management: The trail is in a Bear Management Area; carry bear spray and be alert.
  • πŸ‘₯ Group Hiking: Hike in groups of 3 or more and stay together.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Navigation: Know your route, carry a map, and be able to navigate.
  • 🌲 Stay on Trail: Stay on established trails; off-trail travel is prohibited in thermal areas.
  • 🚫 Wildlife: Do not approach or feed any animals; maintain a safe distance.

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Nearby Attractions

  • πŸ’¦ Fairy Falls: A 200-foot waterfall accessible via a 4.5-mile round trip trail from the same trailhead.
  • πŸŒ‹ Excelsior Geyser: Located in the Midway Geyser Basin, near the Grand Prismatic Spring.
  • πŸ’§ Opal Pool: Another hot spring in the Midway Geyser Basin.
  • πŸ”΅ Turquoise Pool: A beautiful hot spring also located in the Midway Geyser Basin.
  • 🌲 Lodgepole Forest: The trail to Fairy Falls passes through a lodgepole pine forest.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (307) 344-7381
🌐   Website: https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/yell-trail-grand-prismatic-overlook.htm
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

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