We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 473 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 242
    Excellent
  • 132
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Good first stop if entering from the south (GTNP)

This was our first stop in YNP after exiting GTNP. We used the app from GYPSY that offers a driving tour via GPA while driving and followed the recommendation to hit the East side... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
yosemitesunshine
,
Orlando, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

473 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 400: English reviews
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first stop in YNP after exiting GTNP. We used the app from GYPSY that offers a driving tour via GPA while driving and followed the recommendation to hit the East side of the Grand Loop first before seeing Old Faithful. The West Thumb Geyser Basin had a variety of interesting features that are visible via boardwalk. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank yosemitesunshine
Manhattan Beach, California
Level Contributor
78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My group was determined to see EVERY one of the hot thermals. At some point. The kids (3,3,3 and six - yes, there were twins) loved every minute of this. The elder ones had some spirit but I finally gave up on two of them. They'll be there for me the next visit.

Helpful?
Thank sdrnek46
Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
82 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I ran into some people today that spent ONE day in Yellowstone. If you are here for a quickie, you could skip West Thumb. It's pretty and the best part for me was the clear lake views. With polarizing sun glasses and polarizing filter on the camera, the bottom colors reminded me somewhat of the views of the shoreline at... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bill C
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
66 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by for a walk about along the lake. We found the mud pots plus geysers situated right in the ultra clear Yellowstone lake itself quite interesting. Worth the stop whilst driving the loop!

Helpful?
Thank FamilySpringBreak
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As you drive along the West Thumb section of Yellowstone Lake, you will see a lot of cars parked along the road to access these areas. Have a canera.

Helpful?
Thank ColinPK
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
218 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My son wanted to stop here this trip. I could have skipped it this year. A bus arrived not too long before we did. We went the opposite direction on the trail and avoided the crowd as best we could. The trail makes a nice loop.

Helpful?
Thank Mosslady53
Level Contributor
89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite stops in Yellowstone (after artist point). This is a short elevated boardwalk around some awe inspiring springs that are vivid blue or teal. Crystal clear springs and geysers are along the lake giving a beautiful view of pristine springs against the backdrop of the lake and mountains. There are even a few geysers in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Haswell4
California
Level Contributor
140 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although not as spectacular as other sights in Yellowstone, this location is right on Yellowstone Lake & is unique & quite beautiful. However, until the park service builds sufficient sized toilets, I would recommend stopping at another location first such as Grant Village if you need to go as the lines are usually very long.

Helpful?
Thank haveboozewilltravel
Surrey
Level Contributor
54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our favourites,we were there just after 6am and we were on our own. Misty, magical, geysers, deer. A must.

Helpful?
Thank Hun09
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
610 reviews
453 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 803 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right beside Lake Yellowstone , the numerous hot springs, mudpots and geysers are a stark backdrop with the azure waters of the lake. Plenty of parking although the restrooms can get pretty crowded.

Helpful?
Thank Big_bro_1_usa

Travelers who viewed West Thumb Geyser Basin also viewed

Yellowstone National Park, WY
 
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY
 

Been to West Thumb Geyser Basin? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of West Thumb Geyser Basin and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Brigham City, Utah
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from West Thumb Geyser Basin staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?