Crystal Geyser

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East bank of the Green River Approx. 4.5 miles (7.2km) downstream from Green River, Green River, UT 84525
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Kathryn C
Mesa, AZ40 contributions
Not what I expected. Maybe I should have done more research, but, what I read, said that it usually erupts every eight hours, and, that, if you really want to see it erupting, you should just plan to camp there overnight. Which I was planning to do. I was pretty surprised to find when I arrived, that it was erupting. And it kept erupting, the whole time I was there (I changed my mind and did not spend the night). But it wasn't the 20-foot-high eruption I'd seen photos of, more like a small fountain. I've read since then, that they think some kind of geothermal activity has changed the geyser's activities because it doesn't shoot way up into the air, like it used to. The other surprise was how beautiful this place was. The flowstone is gorgeous. If you own a RV, like I do, be prepared for a SLOW drive out to the geyser from the Interstate - about six miles, on really crappy, washboard, 5 mph, roads. But that gives you plenty of time to see the scenery, which is definitely worth the drive. As is the geyser. Seems to me it would be a pretty simple thing to put up a chalkboard type sign in the area, that tells people when it last erupted. If the weather had been better (a storm was on its way) I would have camped overnight. It looked like it would be a wonderful place to camp, right by the Green River.
Written October 25, 2020
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Teensie17
Georgetown, TX31 contributions
This was a second visit to the geyser. Whether the geyser is erupting or not, this is a beautiful place to visit, and truly appears to be somewhat of a hidden gem. If you like quiet solitude in nature this is it. There have only been two other cars both time we visited. If you're going specifically to see an eruption do some research prior and plan on spending some time there as the geyser has no regular schedule. The road starts off rough pavement and then is dirt. It seemed the road had been recently graded when we went because it really wasn't all that rough. The road has signs directing to geyser so pay attention.
Written June 6, 2022
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Jessica Mesler
Oakboro, NC29 contributions
Solo
This Geyser goes off every 8 hours (about 66% of the time). There is no way to tell when the last time it went off as this isn’t a well known tourist attraction. I arrived and the geyser was going off already and had been going off for 20 mins (from the people there said). It was only shooting about 3 ft in the air. The drive is partially paved and then turns to dirt. It’s right along the green river and a beautiful spot to stop in and see.
Written March 26, 2022
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Laura S
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We camped beside the geyser a few years ago. I'd been before and had never seen it do a real full eruption. But that night after dark, we heard it go off from our tent for at least 30 minutes--we fell asleep before it ended, so who knows how long it went on. It was pitch dark, so we couldn't see anything, but it was glorious falling asleep to that sound.

Also, this situation on the Green River is idyllic. Anyone who says it's just rocks and river...well, that's a sad person.
Written May 23, 2020
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Darcy W
Jonesboro, AR81 contributions
Couples
This was a very neat thing to see. When we got there, the geyser was erupting. We were there about 45 minutes and it was still going. Not sure how long it goes but it went non stop while we where there.

Our dogs had a blast running in the water and playing. Our youngest was fascinated by the river and kept trying to jump in. A must see when you’re in this part of the country.
Written June 30, 2020
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Lance B
Point Pleasant, NJ179 contributions
Couples
This Crystal Geyser (ONE OF ONLY 6 COLD WATER GEYSERS IN THE WORLD) attraction is located about 12 miles off the main interstate road of I-70 near Green River, Utah. If we did not see some xeroxed directions in our hotel, we would not have found it. Check at the local Super 8 or at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, UT, for some directions before you attempt to go to Crystal Geyser, (south of town, across the I-70 divided roadway .... follow the paved road two miles east, parallel to I-70, and then turn right after 2 miles at the crossroad, on to the first dirt road at sign, for 10 more miles of dirt road.) Make sure you have a pretty full fuel tank, water, sunscreen, broad brim hat, and snacks.

Crystal Geyser is in a very isolated area, with rutted dirt road most of the way.....drive slow if you have a low clearance vehicle. Four wheel drives will find the journey fun....obviously some folks go "off road" as tire marks of trucks and trail bikes are clearly visible on the eroded hills and bluffs of the area. FOLLOW THE FEW SMALL SIGNS ... REMEMBER TO GO DOWN IN ELEVATION TOWARDS THE GREEN RIVER (UNDER THE POWER LINES). No restroom or any other comfort or food facilities are at the geyser....this is really in the desert, folks....so find a bush that needs watering.

The Crystal Geyser itself is far from crystal clear water....it is the remains of an old gas deposit exploration drilling site. The drill evidently broke in to a subterranean pocket inversion chamber where gas slowly builds up in the chamber until it "burps" about once a day (at the most, twice) and discharges the accumulated ground water above the chamber, back up through the old 16 inch steel well pipe to make about a 60' - 80' high cold water geyser. The remaining rusting gas pipe stand is clearly visible above ground about 6 feet high.

This COLD WATER GEYSER has NO STEAM POWERED WATER here, like in Yellowstone. It is all powered by accumulating natural gas from decaying prehistoric vegetation in sedimentary deposits in deep layers underground along the banks of the ancient Green River. In fact, Crystal Geyser is ONE OF ONLY 6 COLD WATER GEYSERS IN THE WORLD....therefore, it is quite unique, if you are lucky enough to be present when it "burps".

DANGER NOTICE: This water geyser contains a lot of small rounded pebbles and rocks (you'll see them accumulating in layers on the ground around the geyser's stand pipe), which can be quite dangerous if they land on your head or on your car....keep your distance away from the geyser pipe when it "burps". There is a home-made steel rebar grate welded to the top of the pipe to keep the larger rocks from coming up through the pipe and causing serious damage, as they would otherwise land on you.

We recommend taking your time, enjoy the desert's beautiful colored travertine rock layers, and to explore the banks of the Green River area around this unique COLD WATER geyser ....interesting vegetation, great blue herons, fish, birds, desert fox, and rabbits make the area their home. We found the remains of some unfortunate turtle (picked clean). You can picnic here, too, while awaiting the geyser to "burp"....and you will probably burp before it does!

Also, we hope you have a nice day here weather wise, because the dirt roads are susceptible to washing out in heavy rain and can easily turn to thick mud. Go back to Green River town before dark, unless you are confident you can find the way back in the dark, or if you are camping....in the darkness here the stars are MAGNIFICENT!....and maybe the Crystal Geyser will "burp" at midnight! ;-)
Written August 21, 2014
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Esty666
Wickenburg, AZ6,169 contributions
Couples
Even without experiencing it blowing – and it seems it isn’t doing it right now, even though all the information says twice a day - this is a place not to be missed when staying in Green River. It’s near town and can be accessed by any car – you need no 4WD and no high clearance. The different colors of the dissolved minerals and elements flowing from the blowhole down to the edge of the river are a sight to see indeed, forming a bizarre tapestry of scurrilous forms and designs. When we were there the geyser did gush gently and water came flooding across the apron of the flow zone. Don’t miss this; it’s fascinating.
Written September 29, 2014
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SMGrandma
Santa Maria, CA807 contributions
You hear a lot about this geyser when you're in Green River, Utah. Don't expect a geyser on the magnitude of Old Faithful, this one is much smaller and a cold-water geyser. Eruptions aren't predictable, but it's fun to take a look at the area, see the river (it's close to the bank) and possibly see it go off.
Written October 17, 2017
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SlowDownSeeMore
Durham, NC219 contributions
Couples
This man made geyser is a fun little visit, but most likely you will not see it "go off", and by going off I mean spit and gurgle. This geyser used to spew as high as 100ft I have heard the locals say. but time has not been kind and it is suspected that teenagers or whoever have thrown rocks into in pipe to make the geyser go off and thus rendering it much less impressive. The travertine formations around the geyser were impressive by themselves, a brilliant orange. Pets and kids would enjoy this stop. It's about 6 miles down a dirt road off highway 70, decent signage.
Written May 21, 2017
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Lily W
Chicago, IL52 contributions
Family
The cold geyser "goes off" twice a day, every 12-16 hours. Therer are folks drove an RV to wait for it. For the travelers who cannot do the extended waiting, the geyser "bubbles up" every 15-30 minutes when we were there.

Cold water geyser is very rare, and the mineral deposits here have a very similar pattern with the ones in the Yellowstone. Except for the unrestticted and direct access. We saw people who left after stood need the pool of water. Don't forget to follow the flow of water to the river and observe the deposits from the river bank, it's amazing especially during the sunset.
Written July 1, 2013
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