Bucket List Check #25 - The Grand Prismatic...the Grand-daddy of All Geysers

If you ever make it to Yellowstone National Park, be sure to check out one of the most colorful geysers in the world - the Grand Prismatic Geyser. Located in the Midway Geyser Basin, this geyser is a popular spot for tourists, so expect crowds. But it's worth it. We visited during our summer RV trip throughout Yellowstone in July 2018.

I had loved it so much that I wanted to come back in the wintertime to experience the beauty and colors of the Grand Prismatic against a white backdrop of snow. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the entire area is blanketed with snow, the National Park closes this particular area to snowmobiling tourists, which is the only way you can experience parts of Yellowstone during the winter.

When visiting the Grand Prismatic during the summertime, there are two ways to see it, and I highly recommend experiencing both! One thing to note is that parking near the Grand Prismatic can get pretty sparse with all the tourists, so if at all possible, try to get in to see it earlier in the day before it gets crowded, around 10:30 am.

1) Experience It Up Close

Like most of the popular geysers, there are protective boardwalks placed around the geyser, so be sure to stay on the paths. You'll experience the steamy sulphur smells, and get an upclose view of the amazing colors, not to mention see quite a few buffalo tracks! If you look close enough, you can even see bugs living on top of the steaming water! The colors are formed by various heat loving bacteria and the view is spectacular! 

Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

2) Take a Hike To Get A Bird's Eye View

If you have a few hours to spend exploring, I highly recommend taking a relatively easy hike beginning at the Fairy Falls Trailhead. This hike will take you up, so that you can get an amazing bird's eye view of this grand geyser, not to mention guide you through a wonderful forest to the Fairy Falls. There is a nice platform where you can view the Grand Prismatic, and capture those amazing pictures.

Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

As we continued on with our hike, I was amazed that even the steam rising from the geyser has a rainbow of color that varied from a blues to pinks, depending on where it is rising, as seen in my photograph below.

Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

On the 1.6 mile trek towards Fairy Falls, you will experience the eerie quiet of the forest and the refreshing smell of pine, as you pass a graveyard of burned trees and new sapplings. Right when you start to wonder if you've taken a wrong turn (we had been following orange tag markers on trees, not the mention the pathway trail was pretty well marked), you will come across the spectacular Fairy Falls.

Fairy Falls in Yellowstone National Park

To get close to the falls, you must climb over a massive trunk from a fallen tree. I took a picture of it, because I liked the texture of it.

Fairy Falls Fallen Tree

Is the Grand Prismatic Geyser in Yellowstone National Park next on your bucket list?

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