Fairy Falls (Yellowstone National Park)

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Fairy falls - Yellowstone national park
Hiking to Fairy falls - Yellowstone national park


How to Get There
This hike is located in Yellowstone National Park, North Western Wyoming.

To get to the trailhead: Drive south from Madison Junction for 5.5 miles. Park on the right (west) side of the road, just south of the Grand Prismatic Spring.
Yellowstone National Park

Hike details

3.60 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.6 miles total for the out and back.
2.00 [Hours]
It took us about 2.0 hours.
Elevation Change
0 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
not much elevation change at all
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Spring to Fall. This is a good early season hike because of the low elevation.
Date Hike completed
June 05, 2002


Solitude Details
Fair. This is a popular hike, so expect 20-30 people.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
35 yr old Recommendation: Walking through the burned forest was a spooky experience. This is an Easy hike.


Be Aware of
Entrance fee to get into Yellowstone National Park, bear area

If an easy hike to a 200 ft waterfall is for you, then you will like this hike.

From the Fairy Falls trailhead, walk along the now closed Fountain flats drive, crossing the Firehole river. After 0.8 miles, the Fairy falls trail splits to the left at the well signed junction. This area goes through a burned forest of lodgepole pine. When we did this hike, the forest was well into recovery from the fires of 1988, as there are many 15ft pine trees growing in the area. However, there are a good number of branchless trees still standing. The day was very windy and we could hear huge crashes of the burnt trees finally falling so many years after the fire. This could be quite dangerous if you happen to be under a tree when it goes, so be alert.

After 1.4 miles of hiking, the spur trail to the falls appears on the left. It is another 0.2 miles to the very picturesque fairy falls. This 200ft falls earns its name from the relatively light amount of water fluttering down from the cliff. This is a nice area to take a break.

When ready, return the way you came.


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