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West Thumb Geyser Basin

Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature & Parks
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Camberley
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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281 reviews 281 reviews
200 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
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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202 reviews 202 reviews
117 attraction reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
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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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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117 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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62 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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254 reviews 254 reviews
147 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The geysers seemed very quiet and somewhat dormant compared to others in the basin and what seemed to be more activity here in the past. Some vents dried and quiet. One small change though can change the geothermal area.

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Montville, New Jersey
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245 attraction reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The West Thumb Geyser basin is easiest to approach from the south gate and is past the Grant Village Visitor's Center, go another 1.7 miles to the Grand Loop Road then turn right and drive a few hundred feet to the trailhead and parking lot. The road is well marked. As you enter the park you are given a map... More 

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