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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  • As hikes go this is actually quite dull. It is very busy and then is little solitude and you will need bug spray or you’ll end up as dinner. Most of the trail is tree lined without a view. The main be...  more »
  • There are two trails that can get you to Fairy Falls. If you take the long route, you will park at the end of Fountain Flat drive and walk 3 miles to get to the trail junction for Fairy Falls. Then yo...  more »
  • This trail has a lovely over look to the biggest geyser on the US ( a short trail up a hill) and has an easy set path to the falls. It’s kind of a long trail and the bugs get pretty bad in the woods s...  more »
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  • Decent hike...very easy terrain. Just a bit long. Falls were nice, but just average as far as the other waterfalls in yellowstone go. 9 and 13 year old kids were complaining about the length about 3/4 of the way in. This is definitely the best way to view Grand prismatic spring though, take the detour to the left to walk up to the overlook before heading to the falls.
  • This is an easy hike! Around 4 miles each direction ( 8 miles total) and its relatively flat. Walking along the hike you can stop at the Grand Prismatic overview which is the best place to see the whole grand prismatic. Fairy Falls are really cool.
  • This is a nice easy trail with a beautiful view of the falls at the end. My tip is to go first thing in the morning - try and get going before 8 AM.
  • 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!
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