Grand Prismatic Geyser is perhaps the most well known geyser in Yellowstone, (besides Old Faithful I suppose)! And… why wouldn’t it be, the colors are so unreal you feel like you may just be on another planet! We went midday and the light was very harsh, so I’d recommend morning or early evening for the best photography opportunity. Whenever you go, try to see this geyser on a sunny day because the colors really pop when there’s direct light. We really noticed with all the deeply colored geysers that they look washed out when it’s cloudy, and you need the sunlight to get the full eye-popping effect!
We didn’t have much time to research before our impromptu trip down to Yellowstone National Park, and there was some confusion about where to find this amazing wonder! We’d seen the pictures online, and knew that was one geyser we wanted to see, but we didn’t find any information regarding exactly where the Grand Prismatic was located. So, we set off on our trip figuring we’d find it along the way, (which we finally did after several turn arounds).
As it would turn out, Grand Prismatic Geyser is located with Excelsior Geyser in the Midway Geyser Basin – this is super important because you’re going to be looking for the road sign that says Midway Geyser Basin! This is a crucial piece of information we were missing on our trip, and it made it rather difficult to find this stunning site! Another thing you’ll notice if you look up images for this geyser online, is that they’re all looking down on the geyser. When we finally found it, we stood on the boardwalk wondering where on earth everyone was getting their photos from? As you’ll see in the photos, there is a hill behind the geyser that’s accessed from the Fairy Falls Trail. It’s a short, off trail excursion to the top for a downward perspective of the geyser, and we both thought the extra effort was well worth it, (the last 2 photos of this post show you the second view)!
The boardwalk for this trail takes you past Excelsior Geyser, and then it wraps around and into the Grand Prismatic – you’re literally standing right in the geyser and the view is surreal!
This photo and the next one are views of Excelsior Geyser, which might get overlooked for it’s stunning neighbor, but it’s mesmerizing blue can hold it’s own!
I’ll leave you today with the downward perspective view of the Grand Prismatic. There really are no words to describe this wonder, just know that it’s even more impressive when you stand there in person!