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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  • Nice little walk and collection of pools - skippable if you don't have the time
  • This is a stop that any visitor must include in their tour of Upper Geyser Basin. Tourists began calling it Black Sand Basin because of the small fragments of black obsidian sand which cover portions of the basin. Here is a small collection of jewel-like geysers, and colorful hot springs. Emerald Pool is the most colorful and famous of these springs. Another colorful pool is Opalescent Pool. Cliff Geyser is an unusual geyser formed on the bank of Iron Creek and can erupt 30 to 40 feet high. You can either walk here from Old Faithful or drive here by Grand Loop Drive. A quick stop with many photo opportunities.
  • Don't look for the black sand but do check out the frequently erupting geyser and other geothermal displays of awesomeness (5x cooler than Old Faithful)
  • A nice collection of pools and geysers. Great for a short walk.
  • Beautifulry thermal pools. Definitely worth a visit.
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