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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Not as spectacular as some

There are no predictable eruptions here so you might be disappointed by what you see. That said it is very interesting especially right down by the lakeside.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

There are no predictable eruptions here so you might be disappointed by what you see. That said it is very interesting especially right down by the lakeside.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This area is mainly pools and some of the most beautiful ones in the park right on the shore of lake Yellowstone.

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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Our first stop of many as we started the Yellowstone lower loop. Nice easy 1/2 mile boardwalk trail that enables a first hand view of the colorful pools and springs. Very amazing and your can't help but wonder what the early discoverers must have thought of these unique features of nature when they were first seen. Sits right on the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a 1/2 mile loop on a boardwalk (with some moderate inclines). This is a changeable thermal area so the colors and activity will change over time. Features that look amazing in your guidebook pictures may or may not look the same in person when you visit. Colors on hot springs are always the most vivid in the mid-afternoon... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is not to be missed, there are a lot of cool thermal features here. Less active than the others. Worth a detour.

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Well worth the time to check this feature out. There are boardwalks that for your safety you must stay on! You will get up close views of many geo-thermal features next to Yellowstone Lake at this site. The colorful pools are amazing. Often there can be many kinds of wildlife on and around the viewing areas!

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Olivia, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If this is your first basin, you'll likely enjoy it more than if you've already visited most of the other basins. We started our trip at Old Faithful, then saw Midway, Biscuit and Black Sand and Fountain Paint Pots all before we got to West Thumb. As such, this basin was a bit of a let down in comparison.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This was not our favorite geyser area, but it was really good and we enjoyed the juxtaposition of the geysers and pools against the backdrop of Yellowstone Lake. It has a long wooden walkway all the way around to protect the people and the terrain. The other fun thing about this stop, was that there were several elk laying out... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We only visited the area due to this area having the only available room in the park. And much to our pleasant surprise, this was a bit of a hidden gem. Much less crowded and very colorful, the area hosts some of the best deep blue pools in the Park! Midway geyser basin is still tops, but this is a... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

All the basins in the Yellowstone are beautiful in one way or the other. More than the pools the walk in the West Thumb Basin is lovely..

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States  >  Wyoming (WY)  >  Yellowstone National Park

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