Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park features the iconic Grand Prismatic and it’s vast orange mats. All along this busy boardwalk are beautiful, deep blue pools that culminate to this natural wonder. All of this is backdropped by rising columns of steam across a desolate flat.
If you want to stop at the Midway Geyser Basin and see the Grand Prismatic Spring, you’d better get there earlier in the day. This stop is extremely popular with everyone, including the tour buses and can get very busy. It’s worth a stop, however, so get there early and check it out.
We stopped by in early spring, so the steam rising from the springs spent a lot of time obscuring the springs, but they were beautiful nonetheless. The steam of course adds to the mystique of the places. How often do you get to see clear, sapphire blue pools that are boiling in nature? The orange and brown microbial mats that emanate from the pools create a wonderful gradient of color, while the smell of sulphur and rising columns across the flats made us feel like we were on another planet.