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West Thumb Geyser Basin

Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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So. Cal.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This was the last area we visited in Yellowstone and was quite mediocre in comparison to the Old Faithful area and Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Might have been more impressed if we had seen this first.

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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We took the ranger tour of the basin. It lasted about an hour and a half but was well worth it. Understanding the basin is a must!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We thought this was one of the prettiest areas for geysers in Yellowstone. Some in the other areas have little color that you can see, while these are beautifully colored and have Lake Yellowstone in the background.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

There are geysers right in front of the lake. It's a beautiful scene, but not the best examples of geysers in Yellowstone.

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Denver, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Thus area is a great intro to Yellowstone and the thermal activity there. The thermal activity at the lakes edge is especially interesting.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The boardwalk is great to get up close and personal with the thermal pools. I suggest going counter clockwise on the boardwalk to start off small and get to the bigger pools as you go along. A great start to the yellowstone tour.

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Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is probably the least crowded area in the park. It is very interesting to see all different type of shape of the geyers, springs, and cones. The Black pool and big cone were our favorite. This is a very easy loop of hike along the Yellowstone lake.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We saw this on the Circle of Fire tour. Very impressive and we enjoyed the small geysers and hot springs here.

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Oviedo,Fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Beautiful collections of geyser pools with Yellowstone Lake as backdrop. The presence of snow covered mountains beyond Yellowstone Lake made an excellent photo opportunity to add to our memory bank. It was cold snowy day in late September when we were there and Elk were staying warm laying by the geyser pools.

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had enough time to visit the geyser basin at West Thumb and very happy we did! This area wasn't as crowded as other locations and had were able to see both the geisers and the beautiful views of Yellowstone lake. The walk can be completed in less than an hour and was amazing to see the bubbling geisers in... More

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