West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

#8 of 66 in Nature in Yellowstone National Park
Hot Spring · Hidden Gem · Nature / 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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  • We did a quick spot at West Thumb Geyser Basin and was happy to see several fishing cones, though they were submerged due to the "high tide" in Yellowstone Lake. The Abyss was gorgeous. Decent...  more »
  • We visited here recently on our trip to Yellowstone. It's a smaller area but well worth stopping. Its an easy walk around the boardwalk & you see lots of different thermal features, with the...  more »
  • Vow.. Beautiful place.. Try to go there on a pleasant evening instead of a sunny afternoon.. It was so amazing.. We spent almost an hour.. We don't want to come back at all.. My kids loved this place.. You have lots of scenic to take pictures.. Its amazing to see such a beautiful lake next to geysers and also geysers in lake.. Is not far from the highway.. Plenty of parking.. We have been there during August.. Not sure if it's very crowded during peak season..I definitely recommend this place and would love to spend just sitting on a bench facing lake.. Hope I will go there again soon..
  • This is a wonderful place to see elks during sunset time. After dinner you can drive here to enjoy a walk and beautiful lake view with high chances to see elks if time permits. Less people are here during sunset time, the views are good when sunshine is not too shiny and photos are nice with the soft summer evening light.
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