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Grand Prismatic Overlook

Easy/Intermediate
 4.8 (34)

This overlook is one of the parks "must do" trails offering unparalleled views of Grand Prismatic from above.


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0.3

Miles

0.5

KM

Point to Point

7,357' 2,242 m

High

7,278' 2,218 m

Low

79' 24 m

Up

69' 21 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Hot Spring · Views

Family Friendly Easy and wide with exceptional views.

Description

To get to this trail, you'll need to park at the frequently very crowded parking lot for Fairy Falls Trail (you cannot access the trail from the Grand Prismatic parking area). Follow the wide road-like Fairy Falls Trail for a little over 0.5 miles. You'll see the overlook trail to your left (or just follow the crowds).

The trail climbs a little on a gentle grade before heading to a viewing platform. The platform offers possibly the best view of Grand Prismatic in the park, and there is quite a bit of space here to get your selfies and family photos. Most people turn around and hike back to the parking area, but the trail continues northwest from the viewing platform and down one switchback to rejoin the Fairy Falls Trail.

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Karl W

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 34 votes

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#63

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Photos

Grand Prismatic Hot Spring as seen from Fountain Flats Drive.
Dec 16, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Grand Prismatic.
Sep 9, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Grand Prismatic.
Sep 9, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
View of Grand Prismatic Spring from Overloop
Aug 1, 2020 near Yellows…, WY

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Jul 1, 2022
Nancy Beaulieu
Oct 19, 2021
Ryan Acuna
22h 00m
Sep 20, 2021
Richard Vogel
Sep 16, 2021
John Pennington
Aug 30, 2021
Isabella Mahlmann
0.3mi
Aug 28, 2021
Michael Sherman
Done - rainbow haze
Aug 22, 2021
Marlynn Patel
Very easy walk to platform overlook Grand Prismatic. The best view. The most challenging part is to get parking spot at the Fairy Falls parking lot.