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Norris Geyser Basin

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Address: Grand Loop Road at Norris, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Description: An area of bubbling hot springs.

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Fantastic scenery

We saw this as part of our Tauck winter wonderland tour. So beautiful. Our favorite part was the Fountain Paint Pots. Fascinating thermal activity and so picturesque.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We saw this as part of our Tauck winter wonderland tour. So beautiful. Our favorite part was the Fountain Paint Pots. Fascinating thermal activity and so picturesque.

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Montville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I loved it! The whole Yellowstone Caldera is transected by a major fault which runs south into Yellowstone and another fault which crosses it and runs east. Additionally there are numerous fractures radiating from the Yellowstone Caldera. These fractures collect precipitation which is heated by the earth's core producing hot springs, geysers, mud pots and steam vents. This and more... More 

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Mount Desert, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

A lot of people feel the same way I do - a walk on the boardwalk of the Norris Geyser basin is a must on your way in or out of Yellowstone. The variety, scenics and trails are terrific.

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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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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
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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Pune, India
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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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