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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Great spot to learn about thermals..

The great first stop on the south loop. The parking is not too crowded and the rangers there have time to answer questions. There are two loops (.25 and 1.1 miles) the longer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

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Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The great first stop on the south loop. The parking is not too crowded and the rangers there have time to answer questions. There are two loops (.25 and 1.1 miles) the longer loop is on the lake and you can see thermal cones.

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Savage, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

For us, this was the one site in Yellowstone we could skip. It is a bit always from other sites, and there was much going on here that wasn't present elsewhere in the park. The lake is beautiful, but the geysers weren't doing a whole lot and many of the paint pots and pools were similar to others we saw

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Our bus tour took us to this site. It was interesting but the bacteria in the pools had a sulfur smell and some were gross to look at. Some people may feel differently but there were a few other geysers that were erupting and it made the side trip worth it. However, they didn't compare to Old Faithful.

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Yorkville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

My family and I enjoyed walking the boardwalk to see these fabulous steaming geysers. An easy and nice loop, don't pass it up.

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Yorkville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We had a great time walking through and seeing all the different geothermal features on this walk. Amazing to see the colors.

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We missed this on our stop into Yellowstone from the south entrance, but so glad we caught the turn-off for it on our way through from the east entrance, it is right before the turn-off to go to the south entrance. Beautiful views, a 1/2 mile walk on a boardwalk to view the very dramatic looking pools, and a great... More 

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Reisterstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

There are many beautiful and easily accessible geysers and springs away from the crowded ones. Check these out and you'll be happy that you didn't miss them.

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Medford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a nice area to stop and see different bubbling things in the ground, hot springs, mist, various colors, and wonder how in the world it even got there. There is a boardwalk that is easy to walk and will take you throughout the area to see the different things.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Neat area with small geysers, fumaroles, hot springs, and beautiful blue pools. The board-walk is very easy to traverse from the parking lot down to the shoreline of Yellowstone Lake. Very scenic area with the lake as a back drop. Take time to spend a 30-60 minute stroll in this area......well worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This geyser basin is the closest to fishing bridge and canyon village. Take time to look into the lake to see cool geyser formations.

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