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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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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is an instant MUST see because it hosts grand prismatic spring, one of the most photographed places in YNP... If you are lucky, the water in the pools won't be boiling hard so that the steam won't come in front of everything....

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful colors, very photogenic. I visited this place around noon and was a very pleasant experience, except there are parking problems around July-August. On the other side of the geyser is a small lake with still water showing perfect reflection of the sky. Consider visiting during dawn or dusk for less crowds and peaceful time over here during the summer... More

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I could not wait to get back home and take one of the photos and have it enlarged and framed! It was unbelievable and still surprises me that I enjoyed something so wonderful and such a part of nature. Go in the morning, early, so you can appreciate the serenity!

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Lehi, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I loved everything about this area and learned much about the action of the Excelsior pool that pours 4,000 gallons a minute of hot water into the Firefighter river making it warm and inviting to swim.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

So many geysers and thermal features. Very nice photo opportunities. This also comes with the Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There are several worth while thermal features at this stop as well as some nice photo opportunities. Grand Prismatic is of course the big show but the Opal Pool and Excelsior geyser are both very interesting and big too. Take at least an hour here.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nice, short boardwalk around huge pools and small geysers. It was a pleasant surprise to see the run-off from the pools going into the river below. Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Crater are not to be missed on this walk. Beautiful!

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was our first stop and what a way to start the trip. There are some amazing hot springs here. One you get so close you can see down the funnel and watch the bubbles coming up. There is also a huge hole that is just blowing steam out like a train. I do not remember the name for it,... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This huge pool is an amazing site to see, along with the river flowing alongside and the other features in the area. The kids really found this place interesting as well. Got some amazing pictures of the colourful bacteria in the pool. This is a must-see in Yellowstone. The parking lot does get out of control sometimes, but it goes... More

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We nearly gave this a miss as we had "done" the upper geyser basin. We are so glad we stopped. The grand prismatic pool and the excelsior pool are huge, deep and beautifully coloured. It's like gazing into the centre of the earth. The hot spring water drains straight into the Firehole River, which itself is a spectacular sight. Don't... More

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