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Midway Geyser Basin

Midway between Madison and Old Faithful Village on Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Traveler Description: The Midway Geyser Basin is one of the unexpected delights of Yellowstone if you have not visited before. It is well marked and just off the road... more »
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DeWitt, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This easy boardwalk trail is about 8/10’s of a mile. As we walk over the wooden footbridge, our senses become alive with the sights and sounds of the Midway Geyser Basin. A powerful but narrow stream of hot water is cascading down a rocky slide into the Firehole River. The billowy clouds of steam hovering over Excelsior Geyser Crater may... More

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I had seen wonderful pictures of the Grand Prismatic Spring here and really wanted to see it. Unfortunately, the day we visited proved to be to different from a temp standpoint so there was a massive amount of steam coming off the spring. Regardless, this is worth the short hike. You can see the elements of the prismatic colors (better... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Another awesome collection of geothermal wonders. Easy and convenient walkways make for an enjoyable visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We walked it twice mainly because it was so windy the first time we the smoke and steam stopped us seeing much. Excelsior crater geyser is huge and the Grand Prismatic Springs has amazing colours.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Very interesting and colourful hot springs. Rivers of hot water from the springs pouring into the flowing river. Display of steam blowing in the wind is amazing. Beautiful walkway around the hot springs. A must for all visitors to Yellowstone National Park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

During our Yellowstone trip we visited Midway Geyser basin. The geysers spill there heated water into the nearby Firehole river. On the day we visited Sept. 23 (According to the Park Ranger) the Opal pool which has never been known to erupt was erupting 25 feet high about every 3 minutes. Pretty cool. I had read later the the eruptions... More

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Claremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Water gushes out of Midway Geyser Basin into the river. Take the boardwalk up to and through the steam vents and mud pots. In spite of the smell, it is an amazing experience. Imagine the beginnings of our planet as a fiery, boiling ball, and the emergence of life in its diverse forms!

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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I know everyone want to see the Grand Prismatic Spring but it is really hard to see because the ground is so active, you can't get that close. Arial views by others will give you a better idea of the spring. But my favorite was the Excelsior Geyser that you pass before walking to the Spring. It is large and... More

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Portland, Oregon
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Amazing hydrothermal pools create multi-hued colors in the water runoff. Easy assess and full of wonders. Even saw a "steam bow," basically a rainbow created by the sun shining through steam rising from a pool.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Old Faithful Blew three times right on the predicted time. We took a several mile hike from OF to the other geysers and it was well worth it. When you get to the end of the paved path (there is a bathroom there) you can take an unpaved path which heads off to Biscuit Basin. Take this path! There were... More

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