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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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Long Island, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is basically a big series of Pools and geysers. The Black pool was my favorite. It was very colorful and very big. You can tell how its really hot by the steam and vapors coming from it too. Overall a very good place to go to.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This section of geysers is unique because it's on the lakeside. Personally I think it's not as cool as lower basin though

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Dunedin, Florida
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Even if you aren't a morning person get your butt out the door in time for a sunrise at West Thumb Geyser Basin. I have a photography hobby and had researched and found this spot to be recommended highly for sunrise photos and it did not disappoint. I was surprised to have seen the wildlife we did as well. A... More

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henderson, Nv
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Well worth the time to walk around all the different types of geothermal sites. We took the short loop rather than the long. Amazing colors and different types. Not really a geyser basin but other forms of geothermal activity;

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Spokane, Washington
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nice, short walk among gorgeous pools with expansive views of Yellowstone Lake and mountains in the distance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

West Thumb is right off the highway and gives you a good taste of the geysers and hot springs you'll find all over Yellowstone. What makes this one nice is the walk is short and it sits right on Yellowstone Lake which is quite beautiful. I preferred this area to the Old Faithful geysers because of the lake view and... More

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

There's a nice big paint pot at the entrance to the parking lot. But, I didn't have enough time to take the different pathways to see more features (wish I had). What I did see was mildly interesting, but I'm sure there is much more to see down the trails (from what I see in pictures). It will give me... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Geysers are truly amazing. I know that people get tired of seeing them after a couple days at Yellowstone. I don't. I can go around seeing them all. Especially when they blow. Of course, it helps to see them from the safety of a wood walkway. This area has astounding features all its own and should not be confused with... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Beautiful thermal features in greater variety than the Grand Prismatic Spring. Frequent ranger talks and nice handicap accessible boardwalks with information displays that give you details of why the thermal features are the colors they are and other interesting facts.

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