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First time visiting this area of the park and it was not disappointing. Very cool pools and right on the lake. Also ample parking and restrooms. One thing of note, it was cooler here than other areas of the park had been. The breeze off...More
This was our first stop in Yellowstone because we came in through the South Gate (from Grand Teton NP). It was wonderful to see clear geysers up close. We went in the summer right at the end of the snow melt so the steam from...More
there are several points in this site, the black pool, abyss pool is quite beautiful, blue color, the fishing cone seems to be the most famous one in this basin, but when we get there (in mid-late July) the fishing cone is totally submerged under...More
Overall I found this disappointing but had been spoilt by this point. The geyser in the Yellowstone Lake is also unusual but if time is short this is one to miss. Abyss Pool is as good as anything, intense colours.
If you’re entering the park from the south don’t miss this area before going on up to the old faithful area. There are some great views of Yellowstone Lake. There is a neat walkway all around the area.
These geysers are by the lake. This was a good stop going around the grand loop rd. You can see a few geysers underwater. The parking was plentiful near 5pm when we went.
Trailhead from parking lot all the way around: 0.9 miles with 66...More
This was one of the attraction which we visited twice in our YS visit. First day it was cloudy/raining and lake was not clearly visible. Second time we visited, it was sunny and it appeared full of brilliant and vibrant colored geyser basin with an...More
West thumb had it all. The stunning colours, the lake, the paint pots. honestly the area is absolutely stunning. take a picnic to have timeout to sit and watch the views and have a feed. i was overwhelmed at the stunning views. one of my...More
Beautiful prismatic springs in different shades of blue and orange - a visual delight and great photographic opportunity. Stay ONLY on the wooden planks provided. The grounds are fragile. Keep your children close. The waters are extremely hot - do not even think about testing...More
As a result of a 1998 change in National Park Service policy which eliminated preferences for established businesses in parks, Hamilton's Stores lost the concessions contract in Yellowstone to Delaware North in 2002, and... More
As a result of a 1998 change in National Park Service policy which eliminated preferences for established businesses in parks, Hamilton's Stores lost the concessions contract in Yellowstone to Delaware North in 2002, and ceased operations. However, there is a Yellowstone Association Park Store at West Thumb.
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Yellowstone 3 Day Itinerary - Need Feedback (5 Replies)
I am planning a 3 day family vacation to Yellowstone the last week of May. We're 49 and 45 with kids that are 15 and 12. We've never been to the park and would appreciate feedback on the itinerary below. DAY 1 Fly into Bozeman, arriving around 1:30pm Stay in Gardiner, MT Mammoth Springs DAY 2 Tower Falls Hayden Valley Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Lower Falls Upper Falls Artist Point Uncle Tom's Trail Stay in West Yellowstone DAY 3 West Thumb Geyser Basin Old Faithful ...More
April 03, 2013|
Response fromBob L|
Keep checking on road opening dates. The only question is the east side of the upper loop from Tower to Canyon. If it is not cleared of snow by the last week of May your itinerary would require that your drive from Mammoth to Tower and then back to Mammoth, south to Norris and across to Canyon.
Grand Loop road closure (8 Replies)
I read on the Zanterra web site, "After September 1st of this year , road construction will close the Grand Loop Road east of Old Faithful". We will be there September, 12th - 15th. Would I be right in thinking that this road closure is between West Thumb Geyser Basin & Old Faithful? So to get to Old Faithful from Canyon I will have to drive via Madison.
May 26, 2014|
Yes, you will have to drive to Norris, then down to Madison on your way to Old Faithful. It is 42 miles from Canyon to Old Faithful via Norris/Madison. It is 64 miles from Canyon to Old Faithful via Lake/West Thumb. I feel bad for people wanting to leave from Old Faithful to go south to Grand Teton as really detour 80 miles around the loop to get to West Thumb instead of driving the 17 miles from OF to West Thumb. It is a good thing that a drive in Yellowstone is sweet no matter what the...More
Saint Louis, Missouri
Does this sound doable or am I crazy? (8 Replies)
My family is going to be visiting the park in June this year. We are planning on arriving at noon (possibly a little earlier, but figuring on noon just to be safe), and are trying to decide what we may be able to do that first afternoon/evening. We will be staying at Grant. I have been doing some reading and looking at what people are saying certain activities take. I also looked and saw sunset is about 9pm at that time of year. So, do you think it is doable to do Old Faithful and the...More
April 13, 2015|
A lot to do!! What about dinner?? Also if coming before June 11 the road between OF and West Thumb will be closed and so would have to take the long way around to get to Grant.