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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. 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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  • At Norris it is easy to start to think that this is your personal thermal area. It is an easy walk and there is a variety of features. 
    At Norris it is easy to start to think that this is your personal thermal area. It is an easy walk and there is a variety of features.  more »
  • This was a worthwhile stop in the park. There are numerous geological features, colours, bubbles.... It was pretty smelly though! 
    This was a worthwhile stop in the park. There are numerous geological features, colours, bubbles.... It was pretty smelly though!  more »
  • Other than Old Faithful itself, this is one of the most wonderful areas of Yellowstone National Park. Sights; Sounds; Smells. The experience will never be forgotten. The Norris Geyser Basin should be....  more
    Other than Old Faithful itself, this is one of the most wonderful areas of Yellowstone National Park. Sights; Sounds; Smells. The experience will never be forgotten. The Norris Geyser Basin should be....  more »
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  • A wonderful place with many interesting thermal features. The steam boat geyser is very colorful in the winter and also it has many interesting steam pools. During the winter this location is accessible only by the snow coaches operated by many tour companies.
  • Amazing beauty, diversity of nature wonders, all in one place! Thanks, John, the great guide from Yellowstone Vacation Tours, for making this our first long stop!
  • Been here during August 2019 and was my first ever trip to YNP. I found Norris Geyser Basin with all different geysers located there really so beautiful. Mind you... it was really warm walking around there but then again, so typical for being around geysers. I would visit again and again if I could! Wait for the "Steamboat Geyser" to go off 😁 Hope you enjoy my picts.
  • An absolutely beautiful area of geysers. We didn’t get to complete the whole loop due to time constraints but were very content with what we did see. It was gorgeous, smelly, and not a bad hike at all. Bring water and a hat or sun protection.
  • This is a basin in Yellowstone National Park 🏞️ with a lot of geysers in it. This looked really active with a lot of geysers erupting. The loop walk around basin was great. The emerald spring was particularly beautiful. Definitely a must visit.

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