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An area of bubbling hot springs.
Grand Loop Road at Norris, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 6, 2007

Of all the stops to make in Yellowstone, I would rank this in our top half of favorites. I would definetly recommend Norris basin over the West Thumb basin and Mammoth Hot Springs. When stopping at Norris, give your self at least 2-3 hours. There...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed February 5, 2016

I would visit Norris Basin only if you have time. The area is very expansive and very bleak. If you do have time it's a really nice walk through the fields of hot blue pools. The emerald spring on the path up behind the visitors...More

3  Thank Ay_tim
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, so Old Faithful is great, but did you know Norris Geyer Basin has a geyser that shoots higher than OF? The variety of pools and geysers and colors and landscape at NGB is outstanding. The trails are easy to hike and offer vistas from...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one area of the geyser was shut so we could only go down one section. this was stunning. not as explosive as others but neither the less was stunning. the colours are more pastels and beautiful. the sulfur smell can be strong

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice stroll on boardwalks; so many different geysers, springs, vents and fumeroles to see. Incredible features here...don't miss this area

Thank KathyB127
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It takes about 2-3 hours to see the geysers here because it is a very large place. Lots of geothermal activity. It is worth the time to see it all. Be prepared to do a lot of walking.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The world’s tallest geyser, Steamboat, is here but is very unpredictable. It had just erupted 32 hours before we arrived! It has had several eruptions this year. It can go years between eruptions! There’s a decent path and/or boardwalk so you can tour yourself through...More

Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So many geysers in this area of all different shapes and sizes. There was a small geyser along the boardwalk that was just showing off like crazy.

Thank PTOGreer
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Norris Geyser Basin has much to boast about. It is the hottest and most dynamic geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park. It was the earliest recorded geyser activity in the park. It hosts 550 geothermal features, including Yellowstone's tallest active geyser, Steamboat Geyser, which spouts...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Every area of Yellowstone is beautiful, and the Norris Geyser Basin is no exception. We visited most of the geothermal areas, and each one has its own character and beauty, and all are worth visiting. Norris has two distinct areas, the Porcelain Basin and the...More

Thank spitzy135
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Not as spectacular as some of the other geothermal areas as on the whole the geysers and springs are not as colourful. Some erupt and some don't. There are two walks around, but at the time we visited part of the Porcelain basin trail was...More

Thank Julie P
Reviewed October 1, 2018

If you are visiting outside of the crazy peak summer season, you should find the parking situation only slightly atrocious. (Summer, all bets are off.) This basin is broken into two distinct areas, each with its own paths of boardwalks. Both are well worth seeing....More

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September 25, 2018|
Response from EdBannister | Reviewed this property |
A north geyser basin tour would be a tour of the north geyser basin.
July 2, 2018|
Response from Susan T | Reviewed this property |
There is considerable walking. We were there in a snow shower which turned into pouring rain and didn’t spend as much time as we would have without the rain. We were there for about 2 hours. Most of the hot springs area... More