Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Probably the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, Norris Geyser Basin melds pink, red, orange, and yellow, and bubbles at over 200 C (400 F). No plant, algae, or bacteria can survive in this environment; the acidic water gets its mesmerizing shades from mineral oxides. If you spend time here, you may see the largest geyser on the planet, which occasionally shoots out jets of water up to 116 m (380 ft) in the air. Start your tour at the Norris Museum, which features exhibits on the basin's traits, then walk along 3.6 km (2.2 mi) of trails, filled with hissing holes and pungent, steamy sights. With our world travel planner, Yellowstone National Park attractions like Norris Geyser Basin can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a great place in Yellowstone, but there are lots of people here! The smell is overwhelming. The .25 mile walk down is steep, and the smell with be strong! If you are not in pretty good shape, ...  more »
  • Each thermal area offers something different--I never knew there were so many types of geysers, pots, steam vents, etc. This place is just particularly beautiful--we walked all the loops, which I high...  more »
  • Not as popular as some of the other geysers, but probably my favorite. Steamboat went off just as we were standing there. Nice little walk about.  more »
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  • What a cool place with so many scenes in close distance
  • This is a really nice area for viewing thermal features. The hikes are relatively easy and pretty accessible, with some great views. It's also unique in the park for having some of the only acidic hot springs in the area. The colors are just amazing.
  • Incredible sight. Be sure to visit and a walk on the boardwalk throughout Norris Geyser Basin on your Yellowstone trip
  • This is one of my favorite thermal areas in the park. The trails are easy to hike and it felt like most of the way there was something spectacular to look at. A great place to see features up close as well as getting a wide view of the beautiful landscape and thermal features.
  • Don't miss this one. Certainly worth visiting.

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