West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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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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  • Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful and possess some of the most unique and amazing sights I have ever seen. This spot is so beautiful and peaceful! 
    Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful and possess some of the most unique and amazing sights I have ever seen. This spot is so beautiful and peaceful!  more »
  • I took a morning stroll through the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Since this area’s geysers are less active, fewer people were around making it more relaxed. The thermal features are located on the edge... 
    I took a morning stroll through the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Since this area’s geysers are less active, fewer people were around making it more relaxed. The thermal features are located on the edge...  more »
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  • Gorgeous stop. You can walk at your leisure through the thumb pots and enjoy a beautiful view of Yellowstone Lake. Friendly and informative park ranger shared facts and answered questions. Nice clearing with tables for a food stop (bring your own). Bathrooms are primitive, but there is a wash down service that makes them more bearable. Very cool place to see the variety of bubbling wonders up close.
  • I went in the evening and almost had the place to myself. Would highly recommend going early in the morning, or after 8pm. It smells like sulfur and looks like an alien planet. There is a nice boardwalk, and unfortunately you aren't allowed to explore or interact with the hot springs.

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