West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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. Add West Thumb Geyser Basin and other attractions to your Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary using our Yellowstone National Park online visit planner.
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  • Definitely stop here if on the way. This spot is unique because you get a gorgeous view of the lake and beautiful hot springs. Short hike and some interesting underwater geysers.  more »
  • It's located between Old Faithful and Grand Teton with a lot to see. It's a peaceful, easy walk around geysers, paint pots and Yellowstone lake. The colors of the geysers are beautiful. There's also.....  more »
  • This was actual a rare gem to find because this side of the park is hardly used! This area was beautiful. There is no rushed feeling here and it was so quiet that we saw TONS of wildlife here...  more »
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  • Vow.. Beautiful place.. Try to go there on a pleasant evening instead of a sunny afternoon.. It was so amazing.. We spent almost an hour.. We don't want to come back at all.. My kids loved this place.. You have lots of scenic to take pictures.. Its amazing to see such a beautiful lake next to geysers and also geysers in lake.. Is not far from the highway.. Plenty of parking.. We have been there during August.. Not sure if it's very crowded during peak season..I definitely recommend this place and would love to spend just sitting on a bench facing lake.. Hope I will go there again soon..
  • This is a wonderful place to see elks during sunset time. After dinner you can drive here to enjoy a walk and beautiful lake view with high chances to see elks if time permits. Less people are here during sunset time, the views are good when sunshine is not too shiny and photos are nice with the soft summer evening light.
  • We enjoyed the beautiful West Thumb Geyser Basin. It's right near the lake and not overly crowded. Several unique and highly colorful pools. Definitely worth a stop and visit. We spent about two hours walking the trail and enjoying the views.
  • This was a great loop to walk for a view of both Yellowstone thermal locations, geysers, and a jaw dropping view of the lake and distant mountains. The bathroom situation here was not great. As far as I could tell none of them were clean, fully stocked, or well maintained. Besides that though I cannot recommend the location highly enough! Trail/boardwalk was accessible for anyone with mobility concerns.
  • Very nice place. Must visit. Wonderful view of the yellowstone lake followed by the geysers erupting on all sides makes this place a unique thing. The parking lot is huge and also its not too far from old faithful. The boardwalk is approx.. half a mile or so, so give it some 30-45 minutes for a decent view

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