Fairy Falls

An easy, flat five-mile hike in total. Watch for grizzly bears.

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Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

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  • Type: Plunge
  • Height: 197 Feet
  • Stream: Fairy Creek
  • Name, origin: Discovered by Capt. J. W. Barlow and F. V. Hayden when standing on the top of one of the nearby Twin Buttes in 1871.1
  • Fun Facts: This trail is closed to hiking until Memorial Day weekend for bear management. That is another way to say watch for the bears. Enjoy the birds. Also, you will be going south of Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. On the trail to Fairy Falls, you can access Grand Prismatic Spring's overlook, a sight you will want to take advantage of.
  • Location: The falls are found in the Lower Geyser Basin, 4.5 miles from the Old Faithful overpass on the west side of the road. From the parking area, it is a five-mile roundtrip hike into the falls.

Navigate to: Introduction to Falls, Types of Falls or Waterfall Map

Navigate to: Crystal Falls or Firehole Falls

1Whittlesey, L. H. (2006). Yellowstone Place Names. Gardiner, MT: Wonderland Publishing Company. Page 102.

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