Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
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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I admit, I had not heard of the Norris Geyser Basin. We were driving through Yellowstone and I noticed a lot of people turning off into an attraction, so we just followed. Parking was difficult, but o... read more »
Norris is like the blue collar area of the geyser basins in Yellowstone. It's not as attractive as the Upper, middle & lower geyser basin areas. It smells really bad. Change is constant, so a feature ... read more »
There are geysers everywhere in the park of all shapes and sizes. But this one spot has many different shapes, sizes and colors. The paths are very easy to traverse and it really is an impressive spot... read more »
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.
Amazing place to place with. There is a museum to tell us What is steam, geysor, hot spring. Very educational and comprehensive.
Often overlooked, but some amazing blue/aquamarine colors as well as green and rust colored algae.
Huge place with very active hot springs. They all hissing and bubbling! There are two "rings" of trail and shorter one is about 1km, the longer one is around 4km. I just finished the short one but already being very impressed.
The colors are incredible and extremely varied. The loop hike we did was not very long or difficult. There was also a larger loop.
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