YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Activity: Day Hike
Distance: 1 mile, 50’ of elevation change, 45 minutes duration, rated Easy
What sets Yellowstone a part from other national parks is the 10,000 hydrothermal features, more than anywhere else in the world combined. Old Faithful is the most famous of these features, but Midway Geyser Basin’s Grand Prism Spring is the most photographed because of it’s bizarre, but beautiful colors: oranges, browns, and yellows adorn the area surrounding it, and the blues, greens, and aquas grace the heated water, throw in the full spectrum of the rainbow, as the sunlight reflects through the rising steam, and you have quite a picture.
Excelsior Geyser is dormant, as far as erupting jets of water into the air, but over 4,000 gallons of 200 degree water flows out and down in the form of a stream into the Firehole River below.
Another fascinating hydrothermal feature, besides the wonderful spouting geyser, heated pools, hot stream, steam vents and hot springs is the fountain paint-pots. The fountain paint-pots are basically boiling mud of a strange consistency and texture that bubble and pop and bits of this mud are flung a short distance into the air.
Midway Geyser Basin is a fantastical and mesmerizing spectacle and the Grand Prism Spring is not to be missed.
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Checkout this great aerial video clip of the Grand Prism Spring from National Geographic.