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Norris Geyser Basin

Grand Loop Road at Norris, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Description: An area of bubbling hot springs.
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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did all of the geyser basins and Norris was our favorite. Visited after dinner (7:00) and it was empty. The geyser activity is not as intense as the upper basin, but the landscape is like being on a different planet. There are 2 long boardwalks for the main sections and each has many sights worth seeing.

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Bengaluru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

On our last visit two years ago, Norris was closed as it was snowing. I was not able to see except one or two geysers in Norris basin. I was lucky enough to visit this summer and was able to see the whole of Yellowstone Park with family, It was a great outing and it was even great seeing Norris... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Norris Geyser Basin is a bit sad as a lot of the basin has been inactive due to shifting geothermal activity under the ground. However, even though there are less active geysers in the basin, it was still worth seeing. Steamboat geyser is the tallest active geyser in the world, and it was fun to see it splashing and gurgling... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Really neat, lots of vents and a small geyser, rivers of strange milky blue coloured water. Stinky from the sulfer in the water, but well worth walking down the trail to the basin. Climb up was HARD but you can rest at the top. Really neat and different from anything else. Must be able to walk and climb stairs to... More

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Lodi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There are so many geysers and hot springs in this area that it takes several hours to take it all in. I appreciate the well maintained trails that allow access to all the spectacular sites. Along with Old Faithful, travelers to Yellowstone would be well advised to make it a point to visit this area.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Porcelain Geyser Basin (of Norris Geyser Basin) was my #2 favorite in the park! So underrated! Every inch of the Porcelain Geyser Basin is oozing, bubbling and hissing with misty geysers, milky blue pools, and green swirls of something-or-other that make this place look straight up prehistoric... Read my full blog post (including photos!) about my amazing trip to Yellowstone... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

You really get the feeling the Earth is alive when you wander both Porcelain and Back Basin. Allow a good couple of hours to wander both. We saw Vixen Geyser go off here and Steamboat bubbling away. Worth noting that there is a climb down into the basin past an amazing fumarole, but it's not massively stroller friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There is a small museum at the beginning. You travel on a mix of gravel and boardwalk around a shorter or longer loop. The porcelain loop is 1/4 mile of stunning bubbly cauldrons and pools of colorful water. This is a wow.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place is a must see. There are many, many geysers to see. I would recommend seeing this early in the day when you are well rested. I arrived late in the day and the family did not want to walk the many miles of boardwalk.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

An eerie moonscape of scorched earth and hissing, steaming pools. Can take just 15 minutes from the car park to a viewpoint below the museum where you get a vista of most of the basin, or you can take a few hours to do both sections of the circular walk.

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