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Norris Geyser Basin

Address: Grand Loop Road at Norris, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: An area of bubbling hot springs.
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: An area of bubbling hot springs.
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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The Norris Geyser Basin is another lovely place to stop and go for a hike and take in the various geological features of Yellowstone. It you are lucky you are catch the steamboat geyser - but it's so unpredictable, so I wouldn't bank on it. The colours are lovely, and there are lots of wide open spaces to see the... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This trail is several miles long and contains lots of stairs. Even if you're not able to do the hike, walk out to the ranger building and look out across the basin. You can still experience the beauty, even from a distance.

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Eden, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

If this were the only geyser basin you visited, you would be impressed, but compared with any of the others, don't bother - unless you happen to know that one of the mega geysers is going to erupt soon.

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Branson, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Of all the geyser stops this one was just okay for me. The trail was a nice easy walk. The only thing that stood out about this stop vs all the others was a river of green. That was worth seeing, but otherwise it didn't stand out from all the other amazing and more memorable stops.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Although the OLD Faithful Geyser constitutes the main attraction of the National Park of Yellowstone, other places as the Norris Geyser Basin deserves that we stop there during long minutes. By walking in the marked out path, we had the opportunity to see a geyser emerging from the ground; which magnificent show). How to describe the majestic side of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Sometimes you may feel you are tired or seeing geysers (there are so many of them in YNP), but every 2 mins you will come across one totally different than any you had seen previously. And that's what makes Norris must visit. The steamboat geyser is the most popular geyser here, but it's more frequent eruptions are not that impressive.... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is probably the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone. In 1929, test wells were bored to determine the subsurface temperatures, which increase geometrically with depth here. The effort had to be abandoned after a temperature of 401 degrees was encountered in one hole only 265 feet deep, which heat threatened to destroy the drilling rig. The basin is packed with... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Another example of how Yellowstone is so much more than just Old Faithful. Get here early as the parking lot is not huge and spots become scarce. The place is other-worldly. Pre-historic may be a better description. The variety of geysers, springs, vents. etc. has you walking through a steaming landscape. As we started to walk through the back basin... More 

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DeWitt, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Norris Geyser Basin is divided between the Porcelain Basin and the Back Basin. We walked the loop boardwalk trail around the Porcelain Basin. The milky color of the mineral deposited here inspired its name. We continue our walk around the thermal area stopping at Congress Pool, Colloidal Pool (a large, shallow, funnel-shaped pool or three or four pools when... More 

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Makawao, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Yellowstone. The Basin is beautiful. And amazing. So many geothermal features here- geysers, fumaroles, mudpots, springs. Don't miss it.

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