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“Nice detour”
Review of Lower Geyser Basin

Lower Geyser Basin
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Its good to see both upper and lower basins.The water flows really up close and can be scary.

Thank fluggast
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"firehole lake drive"
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"fountain paint pots"
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"mud pots"
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"old faithful"
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"hot springs"
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"thermal sites"
in 2 reviews
"active volcano"
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"square miles"
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"steaming water"
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"expansive views"
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"couple miles"
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"unlike anything"
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"natural features"
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"great fountain"
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"boardwalk trail"
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

Although we had less than 24 hours to visit Yellowstone we were so glad that we did. We know that we were only able to hit a couple highlights in the massive park, but we were so glad to see the things we did. The fountain paint pots had such gorgeous colors and so unlike anything we've ever seen before!

1  Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

You gotta love geysers, fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots - but if you didn't, why would you come here?!? The scenery is unique and stunning, and wildlife is surprisingly plentiful. One of the surprising sights is bison tracks in water too hot for people to step in - Take my word for it. It'll cook you! Some people can't understand visiting one geyser after another, but no two are even kind of alike in more than superficial ways.

Thank HowlnBubba
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

For my full experience of yellowstone and photos have a look at my blog
http://samsplayground.com/five-days-in-yellowstone-national-park/

Thank Renee G
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

My wife and I made a short visit to the Fountain Paint Pot area of the Lower Getser Basin during our tour through Yellowstone in late August and early September 2011. The day we visited was a transition day for us as we were moving from the Old Faithful Village over to Roosevelt, so we were simply enjoying the drive and stopping at any place that looked interesting…and in Yellowstone that is just about anywhere!

Fountain Paint Pot is located just off of the Grand Loop Road, south of Madison. The area is on the west side of the road and basically opposite of the northern entrance to Firehole Lake Drive. Since we were coming from Old Faithful Village, thus heading north, we took Firehole Lake Drive starting at the southern end, so that when we exited the northern end of the drive, we did have to turn left onto the Grand Loop Road for a hundred yards or so to get to the entrance of the parking area for Fountain Paint Pot.

We arrived at Fountain Paint Pot a little after 10:00 AM and were back on the road about 10:30, but still covered the area in pretty good detail. It is not a large area, so it does not take long to see all the various thermal sites. Note that there are restrooms in the parking area. There is also a stand near the beginning the trail that has a trail map with information on the area. While you really do not need a map (the trail/boardwalk is basically one big loop), it is nice to have to get some additional information on the thermal features in the area (and it only costs $0.50).

For a small area, there is a great diversity of thermal features including springs, geysers, fumaroles and the mud pots. There are also great views of the surrounding landscape from the boardwalks. As you leave the parking lot heading toward the thermal area you pass by small stands of dead lodge pole pines which provide an interesting study. Another nice view is looking north from the boardwalk as you approach the geysers. Very nice vista of the plain with the mountains in the distance. When we were there, we saw a small herd of bison out in the plain.

We did not walk the entire boardwalk loop as the wind was blowing such that the steam and spray from the geysers were blowing back over the trail, so we opted to stay out of the shower (better for the cameras and our glasses). But this worked out well as it gave us two passes by the mud pots, which were quite fun to watch. I spent several minutes trying to get a nice shot of the bubbles forming and bursting in the mud pots.

10  Thank OhioHick
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