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West Thumb Geyser Basin

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Address: Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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USD 295.00*
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Yellowstone Old Faithful Snowcoach Tour
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Very glad we stopped at West Thumb

We took the time to walk the loop down to and back from Yellowstone Lake. This is a varied basin with a lot to see. Black Pool is as beautiful as any in the park and more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the time to walk the loop down to and back from Yellowstone Lake. This is a varied basin with a lot to see. Black Pool is as beautiful as any in the park and more subtle. Overcast skies limited visibility along shore of Yellowstone Lake, but wildlife on the ice more than made up for that. Definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The water is so clear and the shade of blue so vivid - just beautiful. Short easy walk from the car park and doesn't need much time to appreciate it.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

There are two boardwalk trails here: a 1/4 mile and a 1/2 mile. The pools and springs here are beautiful. And, look for the famous "Fishing cone." Behind them all is Yellowstone Lake. This is a very nice and worthwhile stop to make.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Most people only hear and see the Upper geyser basin leaving this basin aside. this is a very short walk to see the geysers on the lake shore and the beautiful pools.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Spend some time exploring, but make sure you take time to see this geyser. It's a beautiful site and even better if there are no crowds.

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Sicklerville, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

A quick tour of this 15-minute location offers crystal clear basins of blue and turquoise water. We even viewed a few grazing elk in this area.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Upper geyser basin, with Old Faithful, the Castle Geyser and so many others, rightfully gets a lot of attention. But I love West Thumb just as much -- you're not going to see anything like Dragon's Mouth and the boiling mud anywhere else. Plus there has been a herd of bison hanging out both times I've visited.

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Inland Empire, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome views of boiling colorful water. Awesome to see how alive the earth is under the crust. Everyone should see this once in their life!

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Small but lovely geyser basin. We ar glad we stopped and had beautiful lake views and some interesting history there. Not top of the list but good if you have time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The hot springs that make up West Thumb Geyser basin are just awe-inspiring and beautiful – surely they are one of the wonders of the natural world. The amazing colour and clarity of the almost turquoise water is just amazing. We spent a good two hours just gazing in wonder at the Abyss Pool and the Black Pool - which... More 

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