Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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  • After going to all the basins they start to feel very similar. This is nice but not much different to some of the others. If you are short for time do the Old Faithful group and them pick another one ...  more »
  • This was a neat basin full of colors and evidence of wildlife. We saw elk and bison on our hike and have amazing pictures to share when we get back with the stories!  more »
  • Just a few miles north of Old Faithful Village. We arrived early and had the place to ourselves. Highlights includes Cliff Geyser, Emerald Pool and Sunset Lake. There was parking but no bathroom as I ...  more »
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  • Black sand basin is very close to Old Faithful but there are no tour buses. It takes only about 30 min to visit by itself with highlights like cliff geyser, sunset lake and emerald pool. Cliff geyser goes off frequently and at the edge of a stream, making it a fun to watch. The real hack is to park here and take the trail across the main road and hike into the main geyser area by Old Faithful. The trail itself is flat and short (only 0.7 mi to Daisy Geyser), passing by a few noteworthy thermal features like punchbowl and letting you completely miss the chaos and traffic around Old Faithful.
  • Not as well known as some of the other basins, but it has a very solid collection of colorful hot springs, small geysers, hot pots, and other fascinating geothermal features, including the river running through it with the geothermal water running into the river.
  • I enjoyed the features of Black Sand Basin much more than expected. I was surprised at the varsity of thermal features packed into a fairly small area.
  • Interesting natural wonder. I love it!
  • Nice place with different kinds of geysers, also mud pots
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