Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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  • Black Sand Basin is an isolated group in the Upper Geyser Basin and has a 0.5 mi/0.8 km boardwalk. It is famous for containing black obsidian sand and the jewel-coloured Emerald Pool. My husband and I...  more »
  • A set of geyser basins in the Upper Geyser Basin area - it's easy to get a little overwhelmed by all the different geysers/basins, but this one is unique in that there is obsidian in the soil and so t...  more »
  • It looks like it's name says. Will get a little bit more scenic if the weather is getting cloudy. Not good to reach for tourists, far away from the streets and Old Faithful visitor center. Only good 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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