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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  • Take the Back Basin trail to see Steamboat Geyser! This is more impressive then Old Faithful in my opinion. Super strong steam and very loud. The rest of the Geyser Basin is fun but Steamboat is...  more »
  • We enjoyed this much more than old faithful area. Short walk for anyone of any age. Beautiful and a must see  more »
  • you need to come early as the limited parking fills up quickly. This place has Steamboat geyser but it not predictable like Old Faithful.  more »
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  • Steam boat geyser - world's tallest active geyser is in this basin. Parking spots are limited. It will be hard to find one during weekends or peak hours.
  • Must see. Lots of hot water. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG JUMP IN.
  • Nice views and nature. Smells a little bit but thats just normal. The yellowstones and the deep blue water are really amazing! When it's colder then you can see dust, and this is also nice.
  • Very cool place, from north to south there are 3 basins: Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Back Basin. Porcelain basin is the best of best. It has shortest trail with most geothermal activities. It's also more colorful and active
  • It's hard to write anything bad about geyser basins but if you don't have the time in Yellowstone I would skip this one. The walks are a bit long, parking can be difficult and it's fairly smelly. Fountain Paint Pots and Firehole Lake Drive are really good and easier to manage.

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