Grand Prismatic Spring Tours
Read MoreShow Less
Grand Prismatic Spring is not only the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, but one of the largest in all of North America. More than its size though, the spring is famous for its colors that radiate from a deep-blue center out to green, yellow, and red. It’s a spectacular sight unlike anything else in the park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Yellowstone National Park, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Grand Prismatic Spring
Our private tours are led by experienced, knowledgeable, and local guides. During our day we will make our way through Yellowstone National Park stopping at all of the most famous sites. As well as some of the lesser known locations to see colorful hot springs, geysers, and wildlife! We will view Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Falls, Artist Paint Pots, the Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake, and stop for wildlife viewing. If wildlife is far away we will them with provided high powered spotting scopes and binoculars! We will have several group discussions about the parks biology, history, and geology as we make our way through the park. Our small sized tours allow us to go off the beaten path and take short cuts to save time. A delicious picnic style lunch from a local deli is provided along with bottled water, sparkling waters, and sodas. We can take a few optional short hikes along the way to a scenic lake, waterfall, or spring!
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
This 1/2 day tour focuses on the unique geysers, wildlife, mud pots, hot springs, and other hydrothermal features of Yellowstone National Park. All of our tours are led by an experienced, knowledgeable, and local guide that has an education in biology, ecology, or natural science. We will explore the most thermally active areas of Yellowstone to see erupting geysers, colorful hot springs, bubbling mud pots, search for rare wildlife along the way! We will cap the day with a mild hike to a secluded alpine lake. On this tour we are guaranteed to check off big items and more off of your Yellowstone bucket list such as: The Grand Prismatic Hot Spring which is the largest and most beautiful hot spring in North America, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, Bison Herds, and rare wildlife. Along the way your guide will be with you to tell your group about the parks biology, geology, history, and answer all of your questions! We will stop for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way!
Our private tours are lead by qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, and local guides. We can fully customize your tours to meet your desires and expectations. Our smaller sized tours allow us to beat the crowds by going to off the beaten path locations and utilizing entryways that only experienced guides know about so your group can view more wildlife and see more erupting geysers. A gourmet picnic style lunch from a local deli is provided along with sparkling waters, soda, and drinks.
Ride in style and luxury on your private tour of Yellowstone national park. This is an all inclusive Full day tour. Spend your day relaxing while your guide does the driving for you. During a 12 hour day, comfort is a must. Our Cadillac Escalade ESV platinum is one of the most quiet and state of the art vehicles out there. No yelling to be heard over others or loud road noise. Just sit back, relax and enjoy this luxury tour. We provide all of your necessary needs for the day. We also offer a large 15 passenger Transit with all leather seats that recline and has tons of space for larger groups as well. This is a high roof, new, fully equipped luxury Ford Transit. Lunches are included on this tour. They are sandwiches on homemade bread, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, potato chips, and a homemade brownie. Snacks and beverages are also included. Special orders can be accommodated!
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Grand Prismatic Spring?
The best ways to experience Grand Prismatic Spring are:
- PRIVATE Yellowstone Tour: Famous Sites, Wildlife, Easy Hikes, & Lunch included!
- Private Yellowstone Geology Tour with Wildlife, Hiking, and Geysers and Lunch
- Scenic Private Group Tour of Yellowstone with Lunch included.
- Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Private Tour by Luxury Car