Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

One of the park's main attractions, Midway Geyser Basin features a collection of hot springs. After visiting in the 1880s, writer Rudyard Kipling called the basin the "Hell's Half Acre." Walk with caution, as the ground can be unstable due to thermal activity. To visit Midway Geyser Basin and get the most from your holiday in Yellowstone National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.
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  • The boardwalk area is quite large. If you have had enough of Geysers and walking by the time you get here make sure that you stop for the Grand Prismatic Spring. It really is pretty. If you would like...  more »
  • I was in awe of the geyser basin and the majestic nature of it! The signs of wildlife all around made you wonder what happens when you aren't there!  more »
  • It is simply unreal. The swirling steam coming from the hot springs, and the other-worldly colors. Photos do not do it justice.  more »
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  • One of the best--if not the best--geyser basins in the park, with a wide variety of incredibly colorful pools.
  • Location of the Excelsior Geyser Crater, Turquoise Pool, Opal Pool & Grand Prismatic Spring. One of the best stops on our recent Yellowstone adventure. Please don't write on the bacteria mats.
  • As impressive as the geysers are this is a must see spot in Yellowstone as well. Unfortunately the parking area is small and with busses and RV's trying to navigate it too, it doesn't help when people park along the sides of the entrance. Please be mindful of where you leave your car so as not to tie up traffic. There is a slow climb to the area but it is up a paved/boardwalk path. You can see the boiling water running off into the firehole river. The first area you come to is Excelsior Geyser crater. The deep blue looks inviting until you see the steam and bubbles from the boiling water. It was a weird sensation walking along the boardwalk too because the steam rising is humid and moist then the wind switches and you are being brushed with cool air from the other direction. It was an interesting sensation as you walk along. Then you turn the corner and there it is...Grand Prismatic Spring! The colors are stunning and even though you are level with the spring you can still see the contrast of colors amidst the steam. There are also animal tracks in the shallow water surrounding the boardwalk. As we were looking at the springs we noticed an observation area behind that was elevated. You could not access it from the spring itself but we followed the flow of people and found where the trailhead was. That was our next destination. As impressive as it was to be next to the springs I wanted to see it from above! We drove back to the parking lot for Fairy Falls and found the path up to the overlook. It was so much more impressive from above. Definitely worth the 20 min hike to the viewpoint.
  • AWESOME. This is a must see. Unbelievable sights and colors. Perfect for photos
  • The walk from the bridge across the Firehole River into the steam and mist covered pathways truly transports you to some other world. Words are insufficient to describe what it's like to walk along boardwalks through churning clouds of sulfur-smelling steam over the vast expanse of turquoise boiling water in Excelsior Geyser. Unbelievable to see that much clear blue water! It’s a photographer’s dream.The intense steam will make you feel as though you are walking to the edge of hell. ..and knows how to remind how small you are. This is a don't miss!
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