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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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TripAdvisor
  • This is the pretties basin in Yellowstone. The colors are vibrant and truly stunning. Great place to get some lovely pictures.  more »
  • Be sure to take enough time to visit all that Yellowstone offers and please be respectful of the eco system and wildlife. Unfortunately you can no longer even go to Morning Glory Pool because too many...  more »
  • West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the smallest geyser basins in Yellowstone yet its location along the shore of Yellowstone Lake makes it as one of the most scenic. West Thumb has less geyser activity...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • West Thumb Geyser is a remarkable nature spot. The boardwalk is well designed. We had chance to see marvelous thermal springs, pools, paint pots and geysers close-up.The Fisherman's Geyser, now fairly covered by the lake, in the past was used by Fishermen to cook their fish still on the lines. Lots of history here, and the proximity to the Lake adds another unique ingredient to another gem of the Yellowstone Park. Stunning "". *****
  • What a fantastic view of Yellowstone Lake! The boardwalk is well maintained and so fun to see the geysers so close!
  • 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.