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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Early Morning Treat for Us

We walked this area first thing in the morning and loved the peaceful feeling we got. Views of Yellowstone Lake and the strange geysers (some actually in the lake) were beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We walked this area first thing in the morning and loved the peaceful feeling we got. Views of Yellowstone Lake and the strange geysers (some actually in the lake) were beautiful. Some of the geysers were deep and colorful, a must see and not too time consuming.

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We stopped at all geysers we could find while in the park-wasn't disappointed in a single one. Each was so beautiful with it's prism colors. This one doesn't compare to several of the other basins but still is worth the trip.

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I got the feeling this is not one of more popular areas but it is well worth the drive out. This area does look different than the other areas of the park, so you will experience a different feel for Yellowstone here.

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Houston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

These geysers were fascinating and worth the stop. So much to see and do in Yellowstone it is tough to make decisions but I would say this is a MUST we loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

West Thumb was a good break space for the portion of our group that wanted to see more than just the main sites while the younger kids went back to the cabins for nap time. The area had a boardwalk for you to walk around and look at all the geysers and basins and we went earlier in the day... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you are short on time, you can cross this one off. It is not an impressive basin. It is on you way in or out if you use the South entrance!

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Super cool basin! It's amazing that such a huge amount of water is not created by rains but by water coming from the underground!

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Arborfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This gyser basin is cool not as active as some but lots to see there are lots of people here this is the second most popular to oldfaithful our highlight was the Rangers after the grizzly bear

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Best visit during the morning when the smoke is literally on the water. Fair chance of an Elk sighting in early mornings or late afternoon. Rather different feel due to the features being on Lake Yellowstone.

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Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is an easy walk around a boardwalk loop. There is also a bookstore/information building at West Thumb.

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States  >  Wyoming (WY)  >  Yellowstone National Park

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