Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail - Hike near Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA,Old Faithful,Wyoming
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Address: Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
GPS: 44°30'54.2"N 110°49'56.8"W
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State: Wyoming

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The Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail gives hikers an opportunity to see the famous aerial view of the Grand Prismatic Spring. The vibrant rainbow waters of the Grand Prismatic Spring are best viewed from above.

The forested trail provides for a invigorating, short hike up to the overlook. From the overlook hikers have a sweeping view of the entire Midway Geyser Basin. Seeing this active geothermal area from above provides a unique perspective that you don't want to miss. This geyser basin is famous for the variety of color that can be seen here.

The Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back hike that can be completed in less than 2 hours. The trail has some steep incline to get to the viewing point, but most hikers can tackle the hike. This trail is open in the winter, summer and fall, and closed in the spring. This hike is one of the more popular hikes in Yellowstone, so hikers will not be hiking alone. 

The trailhead is located in the Fairy Falls Parking Lot, one mile south of the Midway Geyser Basin.

The Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail is the best trail to take for view of the Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin.

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Directions

From Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head east on Pyramid Rd (0.2 mi)
  2. Turn left onto Geyser View Ave (0.2 mi)
  3. Geyser View Ave turns left and becomes Old Faithful Rd (0.6 mi)
  4. Take the ramp to US-191 N/US-287 N/US-89 N/Hwy 20 W (0.4 mi)
  5. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Madison and merge onto US-191 N/US-287 N/US-89 N/Hwy 20 W
    Partial toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (4.4 mi)
  6. Turn left
    May be closed at certain times or days
    Destination will be on the right
    (374 ft)
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Trails

Distance ?

2.0 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

10 feet

Real Ascent ?

54 feet

Real Descent ?

44 feet

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0%

Grade (-2° to 2°)

-3% to 3%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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