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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Nice spot, lots of geysers

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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East Walpole, Massachusetts
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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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Makawao, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

West Thumb Geyser Basin offers great views of Yellowstone Lake as well as many amazing geothermal features. Beautiful springs, geysers, fumaroles, bubbly things. Well worth the trip.

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DeWitt, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The West Thumb Geyser Basin is not as showy as some of the other geyser basins in the Park but it is a nice “leg-stretcher” walk and a good introduction to Yellowstone’s thermal features. Yellowstone Lake makes for a beautiful backdrop as you walk around this geyser basin. It is an easy stroll around the boardwalk and is not a... More 

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

Coming in from the south entrance of Yellowstone, this is really the first geyser basin that you hit. It is small and contained compared to what you will see but the location, right along the lake, is lovely and they have a wonderful boardwalk that makes it easy to explore this area. We went 2x during our visit. We were... More 

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