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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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#7 of 33 in Nature in 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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  • We loved this area in Yellowstone. You can spend at least 3-4 hours or more. There are so many different types of geysers, pools and vents including several that erupt very frequently-Steamboat and Vi...  more »
  • We took the guided tour. Ranger Oliver did a good job explaining the features to us. We saw active geysers and hot springs up close! Every step offers a different view and feature. This is a very busy...  more »
  • The Norris basin hosts a large number of springs and geysers. In comparison to the upper basin is there but much less crowded. Also here are the volcanic activity but to see, smell and feel sometimes. Absolutely worth seeing.
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