Norris Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin
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An area of bubbling hot springs.
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,396 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This Geyser Basin was the most disappointing of the ones I visited. The museum either wasn’t open yet for the season or it was very lackluster. Also there wasn’t a lot of interest to see. Steamboat Geyser is the one big draw it has.
Written 22 April 2024
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Donald J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The first and only time I was at this geyser was inJuly 1975. It would bubble up about every 7 minutes. There was nobody on the trail or at the geyser at the time I was there. I thought it was super great. I was 15 years old. I had to list going in July 2022 because it wouldn't accept this review but it was July 1975!
Written 31 October 2023
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seema60
Toronto, Canada947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This was one of the best areas to experience the geyser and hot spring activity. There are a number of large geysers in this area. We didn’t see any eruptions but there are fumeroles and hot springs everywhere. It is a nice walk along the board walk.
Written 26 September 2023
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This large geyser basin also includes the Porcelain Basin. Lots of hot springs like at mammoth but also geysers here. One erupted almost continuously while we were here. This geyser basin is home to the park's largest geyser the Steamboat Geyser. While not as famous as Old Faithful it can shoot 300 feet or more into the air when it erupts. But since it erupts very erratically you probably aren't going to see the full eruption. These occur between 4 and 50 YEARS apart. What you will see is some "teaser" eruptions of around 40feet. Here was also my first introduction to a fumarole. A fumarole is a vent in the ground that emits steam by no water or solid matter. And they can be very smelly!
Written 23 September 2023
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Victor B
Tucson, AZ1,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a must do part of your Yellowstone Park experience. It’s a big loop to walk and you get bro see a lot of geothermal activity. Stay on the trail. It’s dangerous (possibly deadly) to go off the trail and get close to the scalding hot water/mud!
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Written 10 September 2023
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MyersFamilyTravelers
153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This was relatively close to our lodge so visited first day there. Very neat to see and read about. A nice path to go through/around the geysers.
Written 14 August 2023
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Rehoboth5
Helena, MT518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We are Montanans, and visit Norris whenever we can. It is a true natural wonder, and one of the most interesting places in the American West. But in the summer, crowds can be a real problem. So go early (we get there no later than 8 am), follow the rules (stay on the boardwalk, etc) and be courteous (don't hold up foot traffic by taking selfies). Be sure to follow the long walk that includes all of the thermal features. Keep small children close, because a fall into the thermal area can be dangerous. If you don't go early, you'll experience crazy traffic jams and be forced to park in an overflow lot and walk a long way just to get to the basin itself. To do the place justice, plan on spending at least an hour and a half walking around the basin.
Written 4 July 2023
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Bmama20162
Beloit69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The thing that is interesting about this area is that there is an open air mini museum that you can look at before or after the hike. It explains what you're looking at and even has a little model of the geysers/pools. We took lots of pictures. However, this area is the most acidic of the geysers/pools, so they recommend not breathing the steam. Also, they strongly discourage bringing pets as they can be injured by the heat and poisonous gases. There was also a lot of evidence of buffalo and bears which added to the thrill of being there. So many pools! Most of them named. The Steamboat geyser is one of the most dangerous, as it explodes when it goes off, shooting clay and super hot steam and acidic water. We missed it, as it went off the week before we got there, but they even tell you what signs to look for when it's ready. There were several rangers around to talk to and ask questions. Very interesting place!
Written 23 June 2023
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Henry A
Hays, KS661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
At Norris it is easy to start to think that this is your personal thermal area. It is an easy walk and there is a variety of features.
Written 25 September 2022
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Shelley S
Canterbury, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a worthwhile stop in the park. There are numerous geological features, colours, bubbles.... It was pretty smelly though!
Written 16 September 2022
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