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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Susan Springer Butler, Scenic Routes & Byways Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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.
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.
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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