Fairy Falls Private Hike

Yellowstone National Park
5.0 (24 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Fantastic Geyser Basin
  • Beautiful Waterfall
  • Breathtaking Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch


If you love thermal features, amazing landscapes, and photogenic waterfalls, then our Fairy Falls Day Hike is for you. We begin with a short climb up to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most iconic thermal features in Yellowstone. This rainbow starburst of a hot spring is the third largest in the world at over 200 feet in diameter. We then continue with a serene trek through lodgepole pine forests to Fairy Falls – a 200-foot waterfall plunging off a pine-studded cliff. We will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, take photos, and enjoy this gorgeous feature. For those wanting to see it all, we will continue further into the backcountry to Imperial Geyser. At this point, we can either head back the way we came to complete our day at 5.5 miles or move onward for an 8-mile loop. After soaking the up the magic of this lesser known gem, we will continue our hike back through the forests and meadows to the trailhead. We will keep our eyes peeled for wildlife and continue learning about the fascinating science and history of America’s first national park.

Please note: this hike is operated by Wildland Llamas, a separate company from Wildland Trekking, but with shared management and guide teams. Wildland Llamas is a licensed stock outfitter and guide company in Yellowstone National Park.

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Sliding Scale (See Below)
$190-$550 Per Person
Season: June-Sept

Season: June-Sept

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 5.5-8MI / 9-13KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

The trail for this hike is well maintained. There are a few sections where mud and water must be crossed on rocks and logs.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 8 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 250 ft

Heights Exposure:



  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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  • 1 person: $550
  • 2 people: $290 per person
  • 3 people: $269 per person
  • 4-5 people: $215 per person
  • 6-7 people: $190 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include gratuity for your guide

Trip Dates & Booking


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Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is June-September.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yellowstone

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide at Old Faithful Visitor Center. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures in Yellowstone:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (24 reviews)
Christine I

I'm glad we did it

7 months ago

We enjoyed our time with Jared. Hes a really nice guy and we felt comfortable and safe with him. This was the first time we ever did a guided hike. Im not sure we would do it again only because it is very expensive to have someone lead us around to the sights most of which we could have seen on our own. The Grand Prismatic spring for example we could have driven to. What we would not do on our own is go into any back country areas which is why we did the guided hike in the 1st place and also because all the signs about wildlife say you should hike in packs of 3 or more. However the back country areas we went to were not that spectacular including the fairy falls. We ended up seeing more beautiful water falls and amazing sights on our own such as in the grand canyon of yellowstone. So overall I was a little disappointed with the sights we saw compared to all we saw on our own. That being said Im glad we did it because we would not have hiked 8 miles on our own so in that way it was good albeit expensive.

Suzanne M


8 months ago

Paulina was a fantastic guide. She led our group at a comfortable pace for everyone. We also spent time on the trail learning about all the native flora and fauna. Paulina was very knowledgeable and really enjoyed the fairy falls hike she planned for us. The best part was the wonderful picnic lunch she made for us at the Imperial geyser. Paulina was a terrific guide and made the trip lots of fun!! Thank you!!!

Tracy B

Always a great experience with Wildland.

8 months ago

Wildland never disappoints. They have always made us feel safe and comfortable with all hikes we’ve done with them.

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