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Sep 10

Fairy Falls: Great Yellowstone Day Hike

Fairy Falls from the trailFairy Falls is a great trail for a day hike in Yellowstone National Park.  At 5 miles round trip it keeps a lot of the Yellowstone visitors away though you will not have the trail to yourself.  Mostly flat, ita has an outstanding view of Grand Prismatic Spring, and the payoff at the end is a 197 foot wispy waterfall.Smooth Flat TrailThe trailhead to the Fairy Falls Trail can be found a few miles north of the Old Faithful Village just before you reach the parking lot before the Midway Geyser Basin.  The Fairy Falls hike follows the Fountain Freight Road Trail for about a mile.  This part of the trail passes right next to the Midway Geyser Basin and will provide some outstanding views of the largest hot spring in the United States.  In order to get the best views you will need to hike up the steep hill to your left.  Be careful going up and down the hill because it is very steep and slippery.  Also remember you are in bear country so be bear aware and take the proper precautions.Grand Prismatic SpringAfter soaking in the sights of the Grand Prismatic Spring remember that you still have a mile to go to get to Fairy Falls.  The good news is that the trail is relatively flat thought not the most scenic because it goes through an area that was severely damaged by a forest fire that is slowly recuperating with many new lodge pole pines, aspens, and wildflowers.  The trail is easy to follow and well worn.  If you are so inclined you can continue on from the falls to some impressive geysers.On the trailOnce at the falls take a load off on one of the many downed logs that lay in front.  At 200 feet the falls are a beautiful sight though not as powerful or impressive as some of the other waterfalls around the area due to the wispy nature of these falls.  If you have the time to do this hike I would highly recommend going.  If you are only in Yellowstone for a few days or it is your first time in the park then I would make sure to hit all the well-known places before tackling this hike because it is such a big park and there is so much to see.  However, if you are in Yellowstone for 5 days or it is your second time in the park then I highly recommend this trail.Midway Geyser Basin

  • Waterfalls of Yellowstone

There are many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park to choose from some are roadside falls like Gibbon Falls, Rustic FallsUndine Falls, and of course the extraordinary Upper and Lower Falls while others require a hike to see like Fairy Falls or Mystic Falls. Whatever your plans are when you visit Yellowstone National Park make sure you seek out some of the great waterfalls that can be found in the park.

Remember that you are in wild country and it can be dangerous if you do not use common sense and sound judgment.  Not only are the animals wild but so is the land and getting too close to either can make a great vacation go sour and even be deadly real quick.  Animals will protect themselves, their area, and young while the geothermal areas are fragile and dangerous so stay on assigned paths.  If you use caution and are prepared Yellowstone will be a great life experience and please leave it just as you found it so the next person can enjoy.  Happy Travels!!!

To read our reviews of other things to see or do in Yellowstone National Park click hereFairy FallsFairy Falls Trail
5 Miles Round Trip
Easy Level Trail
2 to 3 Hours
For more information about Yellowstone National Park visit their website at  http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

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