Fairy Falls Trail
The Fairy Falls Trail is a wonderful trail in Yellowstone National Park. This hike is family-friendly and great for hikers of all ages and skill levels. At 61 m tall, Fairy Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park.
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Route Description for Fairy Falls Trail
The hike to Fairy Falls is a must-do in Yellowstone National Park. This trail is popular and does get very busy in the summertime. If you are hiking during tourist season, head out early in the day to beat the crowds. This trail is well-populated, but it is common to see large animals, including bison and elk, in the area. If you do see wildlife, do not feed them and be sure to admire all animals from a safe distance.
Fairy Falls itself is a breathtaking 61 m waterfall. This cascade is stunning at all times of the year, from the rushing water of the spring melt to the frozen beauty of winter. So no matter what time of year you visit Yellowstone National Park, a hike to Fairy Falls is a must-do.
To hike to Fairy Falls, begin at the trailhead and cross over the Firehole River. Follow Fountain Flat Drive northwest for a mile to a divide. At the divide, take the trail on your left and hike past Fairy Meadows to Fairy Falls.
Enjoy your time at Fairy Falls, and be sure to snap some photos before heading back the way you came. If you are looking for a longer hike, this trail can be extended along the Fairy Falls Trail to Imperial Geyser route.
Fairy Falls is a 61 m tall waterfall that draws tourists from all over the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Fairy Falls hike in Yellowstone?
The Fairy Falls trail is 7.7 km round-trip.
Insider Hints for Fairy Falls Trail
- In the late season, this trail can get snowy and icy. If you are hiking in late October we suggest bringing a set of traction devices such as microspikes for extra grip.
- While you are in the area, check out the Grand Prismatic overlook located just off the trail.
Getting to the Fairy Falls Trail Trailhead
This hike begins at the trailhead on the west side of Grand Loop Road, approximately 7.1 km northwest of the Old Faithful Visitors Center.
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