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West Thumb Geyser Basin

Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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“black pool” (22 reviews)
Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This offers a variety of different thermal features, and you can usually see animals too. We have seen a very large grizzly (2015) and numerous elk on our visits. Nice view of the lake too.

Thank NancyGrace77
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a short walk around the basin. It is amazing to see the water bubbling due to the heat from the geyser.

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a good loop, with a pleasant view on Yellowstone Lake, though it isn't surprising as others in this park. If you have time see it, if not go and visit Upper Geyser Basin or Midway Geyser Basin, I think they are better.

Thank TheNike
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first ranger program and it was excellent. Gave a great overview of the geology of the area.

Thank NewYorkWendy
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice easy walk around and lots of different types of pools to look at. The walk next to Yellowstone Lake was nice even in the rain.

Thank Charene D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The geyser basin is so cool! It is very stinky because of the sulfur, but something you have to stop and see!

Thank mrjorgensen109
Reviewed 1 week ago

They are hot and acidic. Sometimes hot and alkaline. Either way, it can't be repeated often enough (because someone just got hurt the other day!), stay away from these deadly natural features.

1  Thank Brad M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found something quite interesting. The first time someone =wrote about Yellowstone National was about the West Thumb Geyser Basin. It must have given an impact to that person. It's true that there are many geothermal pools that are quite attractive. This one is a...More

1  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This thermal group sits right on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, and is very beautiful because of that. Several of the springs will be drowned in the Lake until later in the summer, but you can still see their cones off shore.

Thank KiteGirl78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Flow of hot water bubbling up and into Lake Yellowstone was eerie and unique. An Elk wandered close by. Saw bearprints in the concrete walkway of the parking lot near the restrooms

Thank Gerard P
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Jolene A
Is there still a Hamilton Souvenir Shop in West Thumb?
8 June 2015|
Response from AH88888 | Reviewed this property |
As a result of a 1998 change in National Park Service policy which eliminated preferences for established businesses in parks, Hamilton's Stores lost the concessions contract in Yellowstone to Delaware North in 2002, and... More