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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  • The first stop we made on the grand loop road after entering from the south entrance. Not our favorite of all the geyser basins, but worth seeing. Be bear aware. Great view of the lake Yellowstone the...  more »
  • While we were lucky enough to spot a newborn elk calf, the basin itself isn't the most exciting or beautiful in the area. If you have plenty of time, it's worth a walk. If you're short on time, hit th...  more »
  • You have to come here it is very cool and pretty! Lots of great picture opportunities! Most of my family thought it was the coolest place in Yellowstone! (Of the things we saw) I recommend listening t...  more »
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  • West Thumb Geyser Basin is a great place to take a stroll along the boardwalk. There are many beautiful geothermal features in this basin. I especially enjoyed seeing Black Pool with it’s magnificent colors and the details of the forms located beneath the surface. It is quite stunning on a calm day with a blue sky overhead. Some of the hot springs beautifully reflected the clouds in the sky. There are also some wonderful views of Yellowstone Lake with interesting features along the edge of the lake. What a treat!
  • A must see! Even more scenic than Old Faithful area. Avoid the tourists and go see West Thumb Lakeshore Geysers during the late afternoon. Spectacular! Just amazing. And by late afternoon, the sun won't shimmer into your eyes. Quick drive south on loop road takes you to this geyser basin, many of the geysers are actually slightly under lake level. So they are visible from the shore and look just awesome. And the geysers on the lake shore are some of the best in all of Yellowstone. All paths are boardwalks and accessible. I have attached a snapshot of trail map from their poster board, because its just too difficult to find this on the NPS site. Hope it helps. Will upload more pics once I process. Also, if heading here, check out the Yellowstone lodge. Grab a drink at their bar and lounge at their bay windows. Very reasonably priced options.
  • West thumb geyser basin is another great attraction of Yellowstone. We have seen elks there at sunset. The color of geysers is really fascinating. There is a small loop of wooden bridge & should walk through this trail to observe the finest beauty of west thumb. Do not forget to see the layers of colors of yellowstone lake from this point. But, the mosquitoes and other flying insects could disturb you badly. Be careful to take protective creams or other stuffs to keep away from this disturbance.
  • Neat spot to explore especially with hot pools right near or in the lake as well as some beautiful coloured pools. This is a pretty short boardwalk loop and not far from the parking lot.
  • A trail that walks pass many geothermal sites. at the farthest is a lake called the West Thumb Geyser Basin. The water comes from the geothermal sites, so it is very acidic. It is said that during the winters otters may come here, not sure if that is true. Walking on the trail, I encountered basin/buffalo excrement. Maybe the trail is eco-friendly? 7/8/2018
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