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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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A nice juxtaposition of hot springs and the lake

This was a less-traveled section of the south end of the park, but one we enjoyed. We loved walking the boardwalk and seeing Lake Yellowstone on one side and the Hot Springs on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Denise M
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Buffalo, United States
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Buffalo, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a less-traveled section of the south end of the park, but one we enjoyed. We loved walking the boardwalk and seeing Lake Yellowstone on one side and the Hot Springs on the other. Photos don't do this justice, but it was a really pretty walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are various thermal pots of varying color depending upon the ores or metal contained in the. The red one with iron ore, a blue one and green one. Very Icy in the winter I did 2 full-twisting 1 1/2 s while walking around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you stop and take this little hike. It is well worth your time. Be sure to stay on the paths and if you have small children do hold hands.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

We took the time to walk the loop down to and back from Yellowstone Lake. This is a varied basin with a lot to see. Black Pool is as beautiful as any in the park and more subtle. Overcast skies limited visibility along shore of Yellowstone Lake, but wildlife on the ice more than made up for that. Definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

The water is so clear and the shade of blue so vivid - just beautiful. Short easy walk from the car park and doesn't need much time to appreciate it.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

There are two boardwalk trails here: a 1/4 mile and a 1/2 mile. The pools and springs here are beautiful. And, look for the famous "Fishing cone." Behind them all is Yellowstone Lake. This is a very nice and worthwhile stop to make.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Most people only hear and see the Upper geyser basin leaving this basin aside. this is a very short walk to see the geysers on the lake shore and the beautiful pools.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Spend some time exploring, but make sure you take time to see this geyser. It's a beautiful site and even better if there are no crowds.

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Sicklerville, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

A quick tour of this 15-minute location offers crystal clear basins of blue and turquoise water. We even viewed a few grazing elk in this area.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Upper geyser basin, with Old Faithful, the Castle Geyser and so many others, rightfully gets a lot of attention. But I love West Thumb just as much -- you're not going to see anything like Dragon's Mouth and the boiling mud anywhere else. Plus there has been a herd of bison hanging out both times I've visited.

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