Norris Geyser Basin

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain138ft
Trailhead Elevation7,465ft
Elevation Min/Max7465/7547ft
Elevation Start/End7465/7465ft

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 7,465 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 138 feet. The Graceful Geyser can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Incline Geyser, Lambchop Geyser, and Collapsed Cave Geyser geysers, the Crater Spring, Congress Pool, Sulphur Pot, and Porcelain Springs springs, the Echinus Geyser volcanic geyser, and the Black Pit Spring hot spring.

Norris Geyser Basin Professional Reviews and Guides

"Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone. The highly acidic water has created a stark, barren landscape. Two distinctly different basins make up the Norris Geyser Basin. A loop trial explores each one, comprised of a series of boardwalks, paths, and overlooks.

The Back Basin has several impressive geysers, including Ehinus Geyser, which erupts in intervals ranging from 20-80 minutes and shoots 70-125 feet high, and Steamboat Geyser, the tallest geyser in the world, with 300- to 400- foot eruptions."

"Yellowstone’s most hyperactive and acidic hydrothermal area is home to many extremes. It’s the park’s hottest and most volatile basin, hosting the world’s largest active geyser and rare acidic geysers. A leisurely stroll around the boardwalks provides an up-close look at the Earth at play, featuring a complete assortment of joyous geothermal exuberance.

Trying to describe the basin’s ever-changing features is futile: Wander around to see what you discover, knowing that mysterious noises, new hot spots, and acrid smells await around every bend."

"A 21-mile drive through high meadows and forests, by many small lakes, waterfalls, and fumaroles. Stop at dramatic Golden Gate Canyon for a wonderful overview before moving on to the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs."

Norris Geyser Basin Reviews

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I enjoyed this trail alot. Very interesting thermal features make it worth the walk. Beware tho, the heat coming of the features is significant, as well as the smell of sulfur.
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This is a pretty cool place. The smell of sulphur is usually pretty overwhelming, so be prepared. As with most places in Yellowstone, you have an excellent chance of viewing some wildlife here. During my visit I saw a lot more footprints than actual animals. The pools are gorgeous, some so sparkling clean you can't believe they smell so awful. Remember to stay on the boardwalk, the soil in many places is deceptively thin and extremely dangerous.
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My favorite feature at Norris Geyser Basin was Steamboat Geyser. It "boils" continuously, erupts frequently, and is somewhat mesmerizing to just watch & listen to it for a long period of time (there are benches in the geyser viewing area). The Green Dragon Spring was quite fascinating as well. The trails in Norris Geyser Basin were flat, wide, and in great shape. We had a pretty fun time exploring the different thermal features here, but in our opinion they were not as fascinating as the thermal features in the Upper Geyser Basin.

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Oct 2018