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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. 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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  • Norris is one of the most active and volatile thermal areas in the park. It never looks the same twice. I really like watching the evolution of Vixen geyser over the last few years. It is also right n...  more »
  • There are multiple walk options here. From short to a bit longer or you can combine 2. Although it is not a full day activity. Many basins and (smaller) geysers. Nice walk  more »
  • If you arrive and see a "Do Not Enter" sign blocking your way off of The Loop, fear not, it means the parking lot is filled. Come back later and you will probably get in. There is plenty to see so all...  more »