If you are looking for a easy day hike in Yellowstone the Fairy Falls hike is a good one. We saw a picture of Fairy Falls and knew we had to hike in to see it. The hike is easy to moderate (8 km) in a fairly flat terrain. Fairy Falls is one of Yellowstone most beautiful waterfalls, so you are likely to encounter people on the trail, but it still feels like getting away from the crowds for a while.
This hike is perfect in combination with hiking to the Grand Prismatic Spring look-out as they both start on the same parking lot, which is about 1.5 kilometer south of Midway Basin where you’ll find Grand Prismatic. From the parking lot cross the steel bridge over the Firehole River and follow the road for a couple of kilometers until you reach the sign for Fairy Falls telling you to turn left.
Once you reach the 200 feet fall you can appreciate the name it has been given – it looks like a fair angels hair. Beautiful!
This trail opens in May. It is always a good idea to stop by a ranger station or visitor center to check closures and latest trail conditions. And remember – it can be hot in Yellowstone, so the earlier in the day you start the better.
Want to find another hike? Check out NPS website.