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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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Makawao, Hawaii
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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60 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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208 reviews 208 reviews
123 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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267 helpful votes 267 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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California
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31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a very easy set of two loops (inner and outer) which wind among the pools, geysers, mud spouts, etc. It is really very interesting and worth taking a walk around.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, Usa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We had visited Yellowstone many times and thought we had seen most of the sights, but this time we visited the, perhaps, little known geysers in this section of the park. Situated on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, this area is one that should not be missed, due to the very pretty views and the geysers, themselves. You won't be... More

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So. Cal.
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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