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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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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. Before you head to Yellowstone National Park, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Yellowstone National Park itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Yellowstone National Park has to offer, including Norris Geyser Basin.
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  • Visited this geyser basin late afternoon in January. The low angle sunlight was beautiful. Guide led us to Fountain Geyser just as it erupted. A memorable experience. Walked around the other hydrother...  more »
  • Best in the morning or in the evening to the Norris geyser basin, then is less going on. It's worth on each case: geysers, sources, many colors and scents...
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  • When we were there we thought that it was one of the busiest. Equally as we toured all areas, reaches a point where are similar although they never cease to amaze.
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  • I just love the smell of hot sulfur in the morning. Very beautiful and surreal place. A must see.
  • This is the only place that smells like a dumpster fire you'll ever want to hang around. Long hike through many spewing geysers. Most emit hot sulphur gas not water. Makes you wonder if your not on another planet. Very weird landscape. Make sure you go here. You'll get over the smell fast once you start hiking.
  • A great stop to see a good variety of the different geysers in the park
  • The Norris geyser Basin is one of the longer hikes in the National Park when you do this hike make sure you take plenty of water and stay hydrated plus take your time and look around. Plus make sure that you stay on the established trails and do not travel off because it is unwise illegal and dangerous.
  • Amazing place to place with. There is a museum to tell us What is steam, geysor, hot spring. Very educational and comprehensive.