Are you planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park at some time in the near future? If so, be sure to check out Grand Prismatic Spring while you’re there. While there are plenty of famous sites that are must-sees (Old Faithful comes to mind), this spring is right up there in terms of beauty and fascination—and as the largest hot spring in the United States (and third largest in the world), it is considered one of the planet’s most unique features and one of the most-photographed Yellowstone National Park attractions.
Experience the natural beauty of this hot spring
What’s truly awe-inspiring when you see the Grand Prismatic Spring for the first time is its sheer size. The pictures cannot do it justice—when you’re actually standing there in person, you realize the sheer scope of it. It’s a spring that’s larger than a football field, and deceptively deep—deeper, in fact, than a 10-story building.
The spring is also more colorful than many people might expect. Even if you’ve seen professional photos of the site before, you’re bound to be surprised at just how vibrant it is in person. The hot springs get their colors from various species of bacteria that live around the spring and thrive on the heat it creates. Deep in the center of the spring you’ll see blue colors, and then there are green and yellow tints. As you get to the cooler outskirts of the springs, you’ll see warmer yellows and oranges.
If you do decide to go to the Grand Prismatic Spring during your Yellowstone trip, make sure you plan ahead. You may want to visit early in the morning or late in the evening, as this is going to be one of the more crowded sites in the park. If you go closer to the middle of the day, you can expect a lot of tour buses and lots of other travelers who have come to check it out for themselves. By visiting outside of the peak hours, you can avoid the rush.
Of course, there are times when the colors might be most vibrant when there is a lot of bright sunshine on warm days, so going in the middle of the day does have its benefits. Consider also that on cooler days, the early morning hours and evening hours can have steam that covers the spring, which can make it difficult for you to see just how beautiful it is. And on cloudy days, you can expect the colors to be duller all day.
But no matter what time, what type of weather and what conditions you’re dealing with, you can expect to be blown away by the sheer beauty and grandeur of the Grand Prismatic Spring. Of all the hot springs found in Yellowstone National Park, this is certainly the most impressive.