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Grand Prismatic Spring

Otherworldly is an appropriate description of this volcanic feature that bears little resemblance to the commonplace perception of a spring.

Visit Grand Prismatic Spring, a popular feature of Yellowstone National Park. The large steaming water basin has an unmatched blue color that is breathtaking. Its perimeter is bordered by a shoreline with hues of yellow, orange, green and brown. View the natural feature, which results from activity deep in Earth’s interior.

Learn fascinating facts about the spring. A crack in the earth 121 feet (37 meters) below the surface allows hot gases to escape and heat the spring. Water temperatures at its center have been measured at 189 F (87 C). At 370 feet (113 meters) wide, the spring is bigger than an American football field, making it one of the world’s largest known springs. Heat-loving bacteria give the shoreline its bright colors.

Visit other nearby pools and geysers that abound in the Midway Geyser Basin area surrounding the spring. It also includes the Opal and Turquoise pools, as well as the impressive Excelsior Geyser. Stroll along the accessible boardwalk that passes all these features at a safe distance. Not far away, 7 miles (11 kilometers), is the Upper Geyser Basin where Old Faithful is located.

Get overhead views of the Grand Prismatic Spring by following the Fairy Falls Trail, with its trailhead a 5-minute drive south of the Midway Geyser Basin. Expect a 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) round-trip hike with some elevation change. The trip will be worthwhile for the sight when you reach the viewing platform. While you’re in the area, also look for the 200-foot-high (60-meter) Fairy Falls, one of the park’s most impressive waterfalls.

Pay the weekly or annual entrance fee to Yellowstone National Park to access Grand Prismatic Spring. Summer is the best time to see the spring because the colors are the most brilliant.

Be sure to use sun protection. If you wear a hat, make certain it’s securely fastened to your head as the area can be windy. If your hat blows into the spring you cannot get it back, and it becomes a contaminant to the fragile ecology. Note that the road here closes from early November to late April.

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Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful. Castle Geyser and Grand Geyser ...
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Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
2051 Snow Lodge Ave, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Situated in a national park, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful. Castle Geyser and Grand Geyser ...
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Great to be able to stay in park
"This is a nice, clean hotel within walking distance to Old Faithful so location is fabulous! Rooms were clean and staff was helpful. Still a lot of covid restrictions in place so all food is to go. General store and gas station right next door for snacks, too. Can't beat the location!"

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Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins
Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins
725 Old Faithful Lodge Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful. Castle Geyser and Grand Geyser are also ...
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Brandin' Iron Inn
Brandin' Iron Inn
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Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
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Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
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2051 Snow Lodge Ave, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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