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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  • CIA stopped without expecting anything special, instead we found an amazing venue. The colors especially the intense blue leaves stunned, as well the strange effect of the fishing cone, or perhaps being right on the Lake makes this place great. Probably better than other more noble.
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  • The colors were beautiful. It was one of the only sunny days we were there. You are already in the park! Why wouldn't go see it.  more »
  • This area of geysers is smaller, less famous and less spectacular than the others, but it's still a nice path which runs next to Yellowstone Lake (offering a nice view of the lake itself) where you can admire blue water basins.
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  • This is one of our favorite places in Yellowstone. Boiling water at the very edge of the cool lake. The scenic views are breathtaking. Wonderfully colorful and peaceful pools. At sunset the sky here is magic and the ponds reflect the colors so you can see something very special.Such a mixture of beauty.
  • Short walk and lots of thermal activity - I would recommend visiting in the evening as the sunset makes the lake and pools light up with fantastic colors. Also great for viewing wildlife - had an elk and her baby literally cross the wood walkway 20 feet in front of me to feed in the middle of the geysers
  • Small area of thermal features. Not as impressive as other parts of the park, but a nice very short walk with a close-up view of some hot springs and geysers. The most interesting by far is Abyss Pool--very deep, with beautiful coloration. Good for children.
  • One of my favorite, the beautiful aqua green thermal pool, a background of navy blue lake with snow capped mountains in distance... pleasant walk
  • Top of the must visit in Yellowstone. This place has everything: boardwalk hike, geysers that fall into big lake, great stuff in the information center.

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As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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