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West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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Located along the shore of Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the smallest but most scenic geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park. Aside from geysers, the basin also features hot springs, pools, mud pots, and fumaroles (openings in the earth's crust that emit steam and gases). The most popular feature of this basin is Fishing Cone, found on the shore of the lake. This geyser was named for the fact that fishermen used to stand on the cone to fish, and then they'd parboil their catches in the vent of the geyser. Abyss Pool--with a depth of 16 m (53 ft)--is the deepest pool in Yellowstone; its dark green waters give the impression that it's bottomless. Plan your West Thumb Geyser Basin visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker.
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  • I found something quite interesting. The first time someone =wrote about Yellowstone National was about the West Thumb Geyser Basin. It must have given an impact to that person. It's true that there a...  more »
  • This thermal group sits right on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, and is very beautiful because of that. Several of the springs will be drowned in the Lake until later in the summer, but you can still s...  more »
  • Flow of hot water bubbling up and into Lake Yellowstone was eerie and unique. An Elk wandered close by. Saw bearprints in the concrete walkway of the parking lot near the restrooms  more »
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  • Great place. It was the first place we visited in the park. Just next to the parking lot easy to travel you can also see the lake..
  • Get here early and enjoy minimal crowds in a really nice setting. Having some of these geysers right next to and even in the lake makes this a unique and gorgeous spot. A few of the thermal features are especially impressive, such as Black Pool (the photo attached to this review). The size and color of this pool, with a backdrop of the lake itself, is so very cool. And yes, it isn't as grand as, say, Grand Prismatic, but this is a must visit in Yellowstone.
  • Great spot to have a picnic and enjoy the lake.
  • A good place to get out and stretch your legs. Not the most amazing basin in the park, but I love being able to see the hot pots, pools, and small geysers next to the lake.
  • An interesting place to view the geysers since it is right next to the big lake! You can see the colors form the geysers run off into the lake as well.