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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  • This is a great place in Yellowstone, but there are lots of people here! The smell is overwhelming. The .25 mile walk down is steep, and the smell with be strong! If you are not in pretty good shape, ...  more »
  • Each thermal area offers something different--I never knew there were so many types of geysers, pots, steam vents, etc. This place is just particularly beautiful--we walked all the loops, which I high...  more »
  • Not as popular as some of the other geysers, but probably my favorite. Steamboat went off just as we were standing there. Nice little walk about.  more »
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  • The boardwalks are nice, easy to cover distances on foot. I saw some in wheelchairs too in flat sections. There were several patient watchers on picnic chairs and their favorite book and sun hat on, waiting for a chance that Steamboat Geyser would erupt! It does not erupt regularly. Be prepared for the smell of sulfur in the air. Plenty of thermophile bacteria (attracted to warm temperatures) near the pools and geysers.
  • ONE star just because of the filthy toilets in visitor center. Amazed to see PUBLIC campground latrine in world's first national park where pop/urine drops onto the ground without proper drain pipelines. Hope the management looks into it and replaces with proper latrine system. Just an advice, before entering the yellowstone national park find any gas stations and use their toilets instead.
  • One of my favorite places so far in Yellowstone. However, be very cautious parking here. With steamboat erupting today and frequently, it covered our car in some chemical that permanently etched all of the windows. Was a great sight to see but I wish there was a warning sign somewhere saying not to park here while steamboat was erupting.
  • Norris is the hottest of Yellowstone Geyser Basins and it is where Steamboat Geyser is. Steamboat was not erupting when we visited, but when it does, it is spectacular. The entire Geyser area sometimes undergoes systemic disturbances. This will change the eruption patterns, the water levels, temperatures, and colors, and can awaken old geysers and temporarily shut down others. It is one of the events that make this area so fascinating. Visitors star at the Visitor Center and there is an overlook outside in the back. There is also a paved walkway down to the boardwalk to walk out among the basins. This does require some non-strenuous walking and most of the way is flat, but do wear good shoes and have some sunscreen, as it is quite bright. Hang on to your headgear if it is windy. Blown off hats are visible along some geysers close to the path.
  • This is a spectacular spot for hot springs and scenic views. There is an active hot spring which has continuous mild eruption with non periodic major eruption. The walking trail is huge which goes on the mild hot springs and minerals field. The tress on the rockies looks wonderful. There is a small museum and a bookstore inside there. All the signs in the place looks informative to me.
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