Fairy Falls, Yellowstone National Park

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Among the tallest cascades in Yellowstone, Fairy Falls drop into a shallow pool of cold water. Plunging from a height of 61 m (197 ft), the falls are accessible via a shaded trail that passes through a pine forest. This easy hike, which doesn't provide much of a view, continues past the falls in the direction of two geysers--Spray and Imperial. Watch out for local wildlife, including foxes, deer, bison, and bears. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Yellowstone National Park holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fairy Falls and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A fairly easy trail takes you to a nice water fall...certainly not the hugeness of the Upper Falls or Lower Falls...but a pleasant waterfall nonetheless. So if you have the time in your schedule, take...  more »
  • This was a great trail option when most everything was covered in snow or ice from the recent weather blast. Easy to follow, about 2 miles to the waterfall for a total of about 4 miles up and back. Th...  more »
  • The day we went on this hike it had snowed about 5" in the night. In fact it was snowing & wind blowing the morning we did hike. It was so cold that we almost didn't go. So glad we decided to brave th...  more »
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  • Great cross country skiing through geyser basin to beautiful falls. Advanced beginner level, but about 10 miles en route.
  • Great trail if you like a little bit of a longer track. Including the hike up to the view point and to the geysers it's about 14KM. For sure take the side trail to the two geysers. Especially the last one is beautiful!
  • It's not a strenuous walk (about 5-6 miles round trip from the south parking lot. The falls are very tall, and best to see during runoff season. Most of the hike is through dense lodgepole forest, so you're not getting very many elevated views.
  • Long, unshaded hike to the falls, so be prepared with sunscreen and water. You get a two for one, though, because the trail also leads to Imperial Geyser, which is also well worth the trip. Fairy Falls itself is spectacular, bring a sandwich and spend some time sitting and enjoying.
  • Worth the hike for this tall falls.
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