Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world,after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. It is located in the Midway Geyser Basin.

he Grand Prismatic Spring is roughly 300 feet in diameter with water at a blistering-hot 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This beautiful natural attraction in Yellowstone is known – and named – for its dazzling array of colors that change throughout the seasons. Come in the summer to see the warm orange and red tones that seem to match the hot weather, or stop by in winter to see the spring decked out in holiday green. No matter when you visit, the center of the pool sparkles in a deep azure blue, adding a dramatic contrast to the colors of the outer edges.
One of Yellowstone’s most popular attractions, Grand Prismatic Spring can be explored in a variety of ways. Hike the trail to Fairy Falls for outstanding aerial views, or follow the 0.8-mile boardwalk loop, which also circles past Excelsior Geyser. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take to the sky on a helicopter tour of Yellowstone for a stunning birds-eye view.

Grand Prismatic Spring is 250 feet by 300 feet. It is 160 feet deep. Each year the spring will discharge about 560 gallons per minute at a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The water temperature can vary from 147 to 188 degrees F during the year. The temperatures, of course, make it impossible to swim in the spring. The water gets its heat from underground vents as part of the volcanic system that Yellowstone sits on. Instead of forming a geyser over the area, the land parted enough to make the spring.

Visitors who wish to see Grand Prismatic Spring will find the entrance to the spring closest to the west entrance of the park. Visitors can pay $25 per vehicle or $12 per person to enter the National Park and explore the entire park. At Grand Prismatic Spring there is a wooden walkway that takes visitors over the earth, close to the bacteria and spring to get a truly decent view of it. Photos can be taken on the walkway with the steam rising from the spring and the orange bacteria edging closer to the walkway. Surrounding the spring are small rolling hills and mountains. These are in the distance and littered with pine trees adding lush green colors to the view of the spring.

 

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