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Aug 09, 2016 17:01 |  #46

My understanding is that the trail for Fairy Falls is closed from the parking area just past Grand Prismatic. They are actually building a trail to replace the social trail on the hill to the west of Grand Prismatic so that you will be able to get there more safely and take in the view. I also understand that technically, the hill to the east near the parking lot for Grand Prismatic is closed as well, but not being enforced as strictly as it one would expect.


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Aug 09, 2016 20:48 as a reply to  @ sweetlu60's post |  #47

When I went up it (hill to the East) in June, there weren't any signs saying the area was closed - but that doesn't mean it wasn't I guess. I was up there for about two hours and saw at least twenty other people.


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Aug 13, 2016 17:34 |  #48

Hello I did that this pass May, I stayed in Cody the only problem it is an hour drive to and from the park.. Cody is very small but packed together very tightly not sure why they built it that way.


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Aug 14, 2016 20:01 |  #49

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I was there for 3 weeks in June. I'll be happy to answer any questions.

Grand Prismatic is a must see. If it's as busy as it was then, expect there to be a lot of people.

For a good shot of Grand Prismatic, people have often hiked the hill across from the spring. However, it's closed for the time being as they are building an overview up there. The next best place is across the street from the parking lot. If you have a map, it is called Midway Bluff. Without a map - cross the main road and look for an unmarked trail that leads up the hill. At the top, it is a cliff, so you have to be careful. However, it's a pretty easy hike up and pretty safe as long as you use common sense.

it looks like the Midway Bluff is also closed but there is a longer route to get to the hill across the spring via the Fountain Freight Road Trailhead.
https://www.nps.gov …rvisit/gpareacl​osures.htm (external link)

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your picture is amazing and a different view than most of the overhead views.

thanks for the suggestions.

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Aug 14, 2016 20:46 |  #50

Yikes! I was definitely in the closed off area. I definitely would not have been there had I known. I even thought that I should check beforehand, but internet access is so sketchy out there. I figured if there weren't signs I would be ok.

None of those excuses are acceptable in my opinion, so I'm pretty embarassed right now.


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Aug 15, 2016 18:30 |  #51

Prismatic hot spring from above:

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Aug 16, 2016 06:47 |  #52

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Yikes! I was definitely in the closed off area. I definitely would not have been there had I known. I even thought that I should check beforehand, but internet access is so sketchy out there. I figured if there weren't signs I would be ok.

None of those excuses are acceptable in my opinion, so I'm pretty embarassed right now.

If the trail was not marked and you were therefore unaware that it was closed, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. You appear to be very concerned about observing and obeying the restrictions in the park, which is the most important thing.

When we were in YNP last year, I witnessed a woman in her late 20's or early 30's walking out in one of the geothermal areas at least 50 yards away from the boardwalks to take a selfie, completely disregarding the signs. When she got back to the boardwalk I confronted her, and her attitude was that she really didn't give a crap. Unfortunately, there was no ranger around to report her. I still get pissed off when I think about it.


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Aug 16, 2016 09:15 |  #53

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If the trail was not marked and you were therefore unaware that it was closed, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. You appear to be very concerned about observing and obeying the restrictions in the park, which is the most important thing.

When we were in YNP last year, I witnessed a woman in her late 20's or early 30's walking out in one of the geothermal areas at least 50 yards away from the boardwalks to take a selfie, completely disregarding the signs. When she got back to the boardwalk I confronted her, and her attitude was that she really didn't give a crap. Unfortunately, there was no ranger around to report her. I still get pissed off when I think about it.


Could have been worse for her...she could have been like that young guy who ignored the signs and fell right into a thermal and got cooked to death.


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Aug 17, 2016 12:30 |  #54

Lotsa smoke lately.
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Aug 18, 2016 06:39 |  #55

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Could have been worse for her...she could have been like that young guy who ignored the signs and fell right into a thermal and got cooked to death.

I really hope the woman saw the news reports of that incident and realized (much too late, of course) what an idiot she was. I doubt it, though, since it's very difficult to fix "stupid".


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Aug 23, 2016 00:05 |  #56

yea lots of smoke near the west entrance as we were leaving the park. taken as we were driving


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Aug 28, 2016 02:55 |  #57

Less than a month now until my first visit. Starting to get excited...


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Aug 28, 2016 09:32 |  #58

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Less than a month now until my first visit. Starting to get excited...

Less than a month - that's good. You should be in time to catch the end of the Elk rut.

Also, Pika activity will be at a peak at that time.

What areas do you plan to visit - Tetons or Yellowstone?

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Aug 28, 2016 12:20 |  #59

I'll be there in a little over two weeks myself. :-)


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Aug 29, 2016 07:34 |  #60

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18109033 (external link)
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Less than a month - that's good. You should be in time to catch the end of the Elk rut.

Also, Pika activity will be at a peak at that time.

What areas do you plan to visit - Tetons or Yellowstone?

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I'm joining up with a dedicated photography tour, and I'll be in the park from 23rd to 1st. Mostly based out of West Yellowstone but there's some time in the Tetons too. I had originally planned to stay on a week after that and had a cabin booked at Mammoth Hot Springs. Alas Life got in the way of that.


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