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Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

The Basics

One of the best ways to see Grand Prismatic Spring is on a Yellowstone Lower Loop tour, which might take you to the springs as well as other attractions like Norris Geyser Basin, Excelsior Geyser, and the Fountain Paint Pots in just one day. Once you arrive at Grand Prismatic, take a walk around the wooden boardwalk circling the spring and admire views of the colorful surface. Be warned, though, that the water itself is far too hot to touch. For the best view of the spring, take a short hike up one of the nearby hills (such as Midway Bluff) for a panoramic vantage point.

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Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
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Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
$265.00 per adult
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Gillhams go West to Yellowstone
I couldn’t be happier with this experience on our tour! Joel was fun and full of knowledge and fun facts. The group we traveled with were great companions. The snacks/drinks/lunch were the perfect touch. The views and sights were fabulous, phenomenal, and we saw all the highlights of the park from Joel’s special viewing spots. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you!!!!
Susan_G, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yellowstone National Park

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Awesome tour
Mike_R, Jun 2022
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
This tour was absolutely magnificent! A trip of a lifetime. The tour covered so much. We met awesome people and our tour guide, Joel was the best! He was so knowledgeable, patient, funny, and engaging. My teen boys were engaged, learning and very happy! It was truly perfect for all of us. Thank you!
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Fun and educational
Linda_S, Jun 2022
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Excellent! Our guide, Joel, was very convivial and knowledgeable about the parc, sites and animals (retired parc ranger). Although the tour lasted most of the day, time flew by. The quarter were tight in the van. A stepping stool was available to get in & out of the van for mobility impaired guest. The provided mid morning snack and lunch were appropriate.
star-5
Loving yellowstone
Cynthia_R, Jun 2022
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
All of it was great but of course old faithful takes the cake. Our tour guide Josh was great as well
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Amazing Tour with an Amazing Guide
Brandon_R, May 2022
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Our guide Joel definitely made this a tour worth doing. He was very kind, knowledgeable and professional. We left the tour feeling very satisfied with our experience
star-5
What a Day
Eric_R, Oct 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Aaron our tour master was knowledgeable, personable and knew where to be when. Bison sightings all over the park, near and far. Beautiful landscape, waterfalls, hot springs and Old Faithful doing her thing. What a beautiful National Park not to miss.
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Tour guide was amazing...
Varun_R, Sep 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. He made any special requests a priority- especially the stop by at Grand Prismatic Spring.
star-5
Great day touring the Lower Loop!
scottdds, Oct 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Aaron did a great job as tour guide for our 100 mile loop in Yellowstone. We hit all the highlights including perfect timing for catching Old Faithful! Highly recommend this tour for the sights and the knowledge of the guides to add great information to the journey.
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Don’t miss this tour.
Pat_T, Oct 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Awesome guide providing great information and making the tour very enjoyable. Guide was passionate about the park and it’s history.
star-5
The best tour we could have ask for
Damir_C, Sep 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Josh was amazing guide , we had a blast for our first time in Yellowstone. I strongly recommend this tour! We will definitely use them again .
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Outstanding tour
Mark_W, Aug 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Our guide, Aaron, was exceptional!! He was extremely knowledgeable and made this day trip a once in a lifetime experience. We saw so many animals and sights in one day. Highly recommend this tour!
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Highlight of our Yellowstone trip
Miriam_S, Aug 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Aaron was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and informative about the park in every aspect. We enjoyed ourselves very much and highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour guide
Franklin_R, Aug 2021
Lower Loop Van Tour from West Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful
Our guide Aaron was great!!! Our pick up plans never materialized because the tour was not informed that they needed to pick us up!!! which caused a big problem but we got there. By hitching a ride. Aaron was the highlight of our tour. He was so knowledgeable, courteous and articulate. A joy to tour with him.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Secure your belongings to avoid accidentally dropping anything into the spring.

  • For safety purposes, stay on the boardwalk and don’t walk on the edge of the spring.

  • Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.

  • Dress for the weather with lots of sun protection.

  • Plenty of photo opportunities make this a top choice for photographers.

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How to Get There

Grand Prismatic Spring is located in the Midway Geyser Basin on Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road. It’s approximately 15 minutes north of Old Faithful, set near the banks of the Firehole River. From the parking area, it’s a short walk on a wooden boardwalk to reach the shore of the spring.

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When to Get There

Though it may be extra steamy, the springs show their brightest colors under midday sun. Plan your visit for a summer afternoon for the best chance of seeing the famous colors.

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Visiting from Nearby

Even if you're not staying in Yellowstone National Park, it's possible to visit Grand Prismatic Spring in just one day. Look for guided tours from Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, and more to visit with the ease of transportation and a tour guide. Or, opt to drive yourself on a Lower Loop self-guided tour to visit on your own schedule.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Grand Prismatic Spring?
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As well as visiting the Grand Prismatic Spring, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: