West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb, Wyoming 82190

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin Professional Guide

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"This relatively flat boardwalk loops around a varied geyser basin, a volcanic caldera within a caldera, and past some of the park’s most colorful hot springs. Though they aren’t the most volatile or dynamic attractions, it’s an intimate and usually uncrowded look at some unique hydrothermal features. For the bigger picture, add a short climb to an overlook of the lake."

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The West Thumb Geyser Basin sits on the circular bay of West Thumb at the far west end of Yellowstone Lake. The small but diverse geyser basin is the largest basin on the shore of the lake, with a great concentration of thermal activity. A half-mile boardwalk circles the perimeter of the basin and skirts the shoreline. A quarter-mile inner loop meanders through the middle of the basin. The boardwalk passes a series of bubbling springs, which flow into the lake, and pristine, colorful pools. Highlights include Surging Spring and the electrifying blue Abyss Pool, one of the deepest pools in Yellowstone. Volcano-shaped Fishing Cone and boiling Lakeshore Geyser rise above the shallow shoreline waters of Yellowstone Lake, while Overhanging Geyser is perched over the lake to the north." Read more

West Thumb Geyser Basin Reviews

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A simple little stroll along a boardwalk between some fairly quiescent thermal features. The hot springs have some fantastic colouring, but the geysers here are mostly dormant. Nice views accross Lake Yellowstone, and a lovely spot for a picnic lunch.

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West Thumb
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Skill Level
less than 1 hour
Yellowstone National Park
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Dec 2018