The hills south of Grand Prismatic Spring have suffered damage from people going off-trail to get a great view. Because of this, and concerns about visitor safety, Yellowstone officials have constructed the Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail. The new trail gradually climbs 105 feet over 0.6 miles from the Fairy Falls Trailhead to an overlook with views of Midway Geyser Basin.

The trail crew was able to rehabilitate the damage and, in addition, to help with traffic and safety concerns. They also made a parking area near the Fairy Falls Trailhead at Midway Geyser Basin, where parking is very limited.

Yellowstone Park is very busy this time of year, so if you’re visiting, anticipate traffic, limited parking, and delays at this and other popular park destinations.