Two pieces of advice when going to see Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater – One: GO EARLY. We arrived at about 9:30 and the parking lot was already full. Luckily there was a pull-off nearby that we were able to park in to go over. And two – HOLD ON TO YOUR DAMN HATS. And umbrellas. And make sure your children have shoes on that they can’t take off and throw into the springs/geysers in a fit of rage. It was sad to see so many hats and other objects at the bottom of Excelsior Geyser Crater (and one shoe near Grand Prismatic) that probably ended up there when a gust of wind blew them off someone’s careless head (many of whom were probably taking selfies or posing at the time). Just tighten your hat people! Pay attention!
Pictures simply do not do justice to the vivid oranges, blues, and turquoises of Grand Prismatic. Pictures can’t give you the full experience of feeling the hot steam off the spring and smelling the sulfur. With a picture you also can’t squat down to eye level and see how the colors in the spring are reflected in the steam that rises above – blue in the middle with orange along the edges. Alternately, you get the added benefit of not having to hear the constant car noise, the yammering of hundreds of people, and you don’t have to weave in and out of people taking pictures, texting and walking, or just standing in the walkway.