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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, Outdoors
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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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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300 helpful votes 300 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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43 helpful votes 43 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
126 helpful votes 126 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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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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77 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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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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70 helpful votes 70 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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289 helpful votes 289 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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Portland, Oregon
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Yellowstone is magnificent and at every turn, amazing. But of all the amazing sights, what moved me most was the hot thermal waters spilling into colorful mats and then emptying into the cold alpine waters of Lake Yellowstone. I could stand at gape at the colors and the always-changing layers of steam for days, weeks, months....

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