Trip Planner:   USA  /  Wyoming  /  Yellowstone National Park  /  Nature  /  West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Yellowstone National Park itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Yellowstone National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Yellowstone National Park by other users

7 days in Sioux Falls, Rapid City & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Calgary & United States BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 58 days in Western US BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, culture, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park & Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Yellowstone National Park BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We took the time to walk the loop down to and back from Yellowstone Lake. This is a varied basin with a lot to see. Black Pool is as beautiful as any in the park and more subtle. Overcast skies limite...  more »
  • We were there in the evening. So little was going on and we could look at all alone. The sources have great colors. The Lake on the Lake makes it also spectacular.
    View original
  • 西姆指间歇泉盆地就在黄石湖边上,甚至有一口间歇泉的泉眼就在湖水里,景色很奇异,不过雨天湖边风太大了。black pool看起来碧蓝碧蓝的,一点也不黑;深渊池Abyss Pool确实很绿,像翡翠一样。 
Google
  • 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.