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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  • This was one of the attraction which we visited twice in our YS visit. First day it was cloudy/raining and lake was not clearly visible. Second time we visited, it was sunny and it appeared full of br...  more »
  • West thumb had it all. The stunning colours, the lake, the paint pots. honestly the area is absolutely stunning. take a picnic to have timeout to sit and watch the views and have a feed. i was overwhe...  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.
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