The Fairy Falls hiking trail is probably Yellowstone's most popular hike. We pick up for this hike in West Yellowstone, or you can meet us at the trailhead parking lot. The price is the same.
Your guide will lead you across the Firehole River and onto a trail which goes through the Midway Geyser Basin. There are a few smaller thermal features along the way, until we reach a turnoff to an overlook of Grand Prismatic Spring from up high. If you've ever wondered about those elevated pictures of Grand Prismatic, this is where they are shot. We do offer another hike which includes this overlook of Grand Prismatic, and you can see a link to it further up this page, under Similar Tours.
The trail goes past the back side of Grand Prismatic Spring, with a view of the steam coming off Excelsior Geyser Crater behind it, before turning off the main trail to head to Fairy Falls. This secondary trail runs through a forest of fairly young lodgepole pine trees. You'll have time to explore and wander around the Fairy Falls area before we retrace our steps back to the trailhead.
The hike is 5.4 miles (8.7 kilometres) on a round trip basis. Please note that we do have another, longer, hike which goes to Fairy Falls, but which also continues on to the beautiful Imperial Geyser. You can see this hike in the Similar Tours section towards the top of the page.
Please take a look at the two videos we have of this hike. One is the Fairy Falls trail hike highlights, and the other is the complete Fairy Falls hiking trail.