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Address: Grand Loop Rd., Midway between Madison and Old Faithful Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Beautiful and unique place

From afar, this place looks like a bizarre conglomerate of shades of white, gray, and yellow. Up close, you can see various fumaroles and mud pots. You can see plumes of smoke... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2015
Ilovenature4ever
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

From afar, this place looks like a bizarre conglomerate of shades of white, gray, and yellow. Up close, you can see various fumaroles and mud pots. You can see plumes of smoke rising into the distance. And light blue pools. The geological activity reminds me of an artist's canvas, with seemingly random, or not so random, combinations of colors that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2015

I am not sure how to describe it. Would it make sense if I said fairytale wasteland? The milky blue pools and the color transition is one of a kind. Go, see it yourself because no words can give you the idea of what to expect.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2015

Surrounded by rising steam and an unparalleled landscape, the boardwalk takes you on an effortless walk around the basin. Though the colours weren't brilliant compared to the springs around the park, it was a distinct palette We were there later on, which made for a quiet walk without the crowds.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2015

...but the kid talked me in to it, and it is amazing. He still talks about the steam vent that sounds like a constant jet engine, and I watched the video I shot - and that's exactly what it sounds like. This is the most "moonlike" landscape in YNP, we thought!

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2015

Don't just sit in your car! Get out and walk the area. Feel the air, smell the smell. There are paths to walk on for the best views.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

There's nothing that colorful or vibrant to the eyes. But the landscape in the bigger picture, with the mixture of the fog, the vast field of geysers and Springs, it's pretty decent. Again, it's not anything extraordinary but you wouldn't call it a waste of time.

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2 Thank Min Gyo K
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

The vastness of this area and its glaring whiteness is really gorgeous. There is a lovely blue from the pools and green and red colours of the algae. It is a little bit of a hike going back up over a gravel track but it's not to strenuos so should be easy for everyone.

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Saginaw, MI
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

I didn't see anything quite like this in any other part of Yellowstone. It is very unique. I felt like I was in another world. It was my favorite thing to see in Norris Basin. It's also one of the shorter walks in Norris Basin. It gets a little hot, so bring water.

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Manchester, Michigan
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This basin was all on one side of the Ranger information house. It is a climb down (then back up) but the hot spring pools and little streams running out of the pools are such interesting colors, due to the heat loving algae that grow in the spring water, that this area is worth a visit. Not spectacular but better... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Looking down at the Porcelain Basin, the view is something like a prehistoric landscape. This is one of my favorite site in Yellowstone, because of the colorful hot springs located in such a stark background. You can get a better perpective of the views at this location by reading the reviews and looking at photos from the Norris Geyser Basic... More 

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