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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Saw a moose up close

West Thumb area is the only basin area along the south eastern edge of Yellowstone. It was our first Geyser while coming from the Tetons, so it was a must stop. Saw a moose up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Irving, Texas
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Irving, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

West Thumb area is the only basin area along the south eastern edge of Yellowstone. It was our first Geyser while coming from the Tetons, so it was a must stop. Saw a moose up close walking in the Geyser. Though tourists are not allowed to step off the boardwalks. Got quite a few good pictures.

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you're coming from Grand Tetons, this is the first geyser basin you're going to approach. It's just to the north of Grant Village and because of its location, we found it highly crowded in July. We had to wait to park, and the restrooms are woefully inadequate. Tour bus after tour bus would pull up, and the queue to... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This spot was less crowded than Grand Prismatic Spring so the stroll was more enjoyable. The awesome thermal activity is accessible via a boardwalk so everyone from Tiny Tim to grandma can enjoy the beauty of this geysers.

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East Walpole, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This basin is right next to Yellowstone Lake, and it is so interesting to see the boiling water, and all its colors, right next to a cold lake. There was a nice boardwalk going around the geysers, a slow 1/2 mile (?) walk. You also don't need to do the walk around if not able. Definitely worth stopping and seeing.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This was one of stops on the daylong drive around the lower loop inside Yellowstone NP. We stopped here and scored a parking place which was a surprise since the park was really crowded this day despite the steady daylong drizzle. There is a large wooden boardwalk that encircles all the geysers, springs and fumeroles here. We especially like the... More 

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Camberley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a very compact area of hot springs (rather than geysers - some used to spout rarely at present) right on the shore of Lake Yellowstone. There is a walkway all the way round some of the springs are very colourful (although not in the same way as Grand Prismatic - mainly deep in blues). Definitely worth stopping if... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Went to West Thumb first thing in the morning and arrived before almost anyone else - it so great to have the place to ourselves for a few minutes. The colours here are vibrant (a little less than midway and upper/lower geyser basin) and the location next to the lake makes it a little different than the stuff on the... More 

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

Wow.. I was amazed at all of the different thermal sites held within this area of the shore of Yellowstone Lake. From cones, to pools to geysers. Take the 1/2 mile hike because there is something new to see at every turn. This was a great introduction as to what to see in the rest of the park.

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

This is one of the few designated places in the park to gas up, buy snacks, eat picnics and get off the sightseeing treadmill. Years ago this was just a gas station, but now there is a regular village with a campground. It is a nice place to walk down to the lake, have a picnic and chase the camp... More 

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

With several different geyser stops in YSNP I liked this one. The walk was easy and we could see several different kinds of geysers and colors. It's not as big or as impressive as some of the others, but I really liked that the lake was in the back ground. It was worth the time to stop!

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