Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Probably the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, Norris Geyser Basin melds pink, red, orange, and yellow, and bubbles at over 200 C (400 F). No plant, algae, or bacteria can survive in this environment; the acidic water gets its mesmerizing shades from mineral oxides. If you spend time here, you may see the largest geyser on the planet, which occasionally shoots out jets of water up to 116 m (380 ft) in the air. Start your tour at the Norris Museum, which features exhibits on the basin's traits, then walk along 3.6 km (2.2 mi) of trails, filled with hissing holes and pungent, steamy sights. With our world travel planner, Yellowstone National Park attractions like Norris Geyser Basin can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • At Norris you can park and walk to see Norris itself pretty easily. You can continue through the board walk, an additional 2.25 miles around to see the Porcelain Basin and Back Basin. Each having...  more »
  • Norris Geyser Basin is one of my favorites at Yellowstone Park. The main basin is in a valley and you can see it all from above. If you have time to wait, you can see here some very impressive...  more »
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  • Steam boat geyser - world's tallest active geyser is in this basin. Parking spots are limited. It will be hard to find one during weekends or peak hours.
  • Must see. Lots of hot water. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG JUMP IN.
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