Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Black Sand Basin is located in Yellowstone National Park. Plan your Black Sand Basin visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning app .
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  • A set of geyser basins in the Upper Geyser Basin area - it's easy to get a little overwhelmed by all the different geysers/basins, but this one is unique in that there is obsidian in the soil and so t...  more »
  • It looks like it's name says. Will get a little bit more scenic if the weather is getting cloudy. Not good to reach for tourists, far away from the streets and Old Faithful visitor center. Only good i...  more »
  • The trails around the area are an easy walk and the sights are beautiful. The colors are interesting and there are many.  more »
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  • Nice little walk and collection of pools - skippable if you don't have the time
  • Don't look for the black sand but do check out the frequently erupting geyser and other geothermal displays of awesomeness (5x cooler than Old Faithful)
  • This is a stop that any visitor must include in their tour of Upper Geyser Basin. Tourists began calling it Black Sand Basin because of the small fragments of black obsidian sand which cover portions of the basin. Here is a small collection of jewel-like geysers, and colorful hot springs. Emerald Pool is the most colorful and famous of these springs. Another colorful pool is Opalescent Pool. Cliff Geyser is an unusual geyser formed on the bank of Iron Creek and can erupt 30 to 40 feet high. You can either walk here from Old Faithful or drive here by Grand Loop Drive. A quick stop with many photo opportunities.
  • A nice collection of pools and geysers. Great for a short walk.
  • Beautifulry thermal pools. Definitely worth a visit.

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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