This is a list of the best hikes to see the amazing thermal features of Yellowstone. These include Geysers, Mud Pots, Fumaroles, and Hot Springs. All of the hikes listed are very family friendly. At the end of each section is the link for the individual treks for each hike that have much more in depth information. I have visited all of them many times and it was hard to number this list. Enjoy!
11: Artist Paint Pots
The highlights of this are the colorful mud pots, and the great views of the surrounding valley.
10: Black Sand Basin
This is a very short and scenic board walk with lots of little geysers and two pretty pools.
9: Biscuit Basin
Biscuit Basin is a very easy and short hike with several different colorful pools and several fumaroles.
8: Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth is one of the most iconic areas of the park and even though the springs are drier than in times past, it is still cool to see the famous travertine terraces.
7: Fountain Paint Pots
Fountain Paints Pots have my favorite mud pots in the park and there are several small geysers that are almost constantly going off.
6: Midway Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin features a huge inactive geyser, and is highlighted by the most famous, and most beautiful hot spring in the park.
5: Mud Volcano
Mud Volcano was my favorite as a kid. It is highlighted by the Dragons Mouth, and of course Mud Volcano itself.
4: West Thumb Geyser Basin
West Thumb is highlighted by the beautiful views of Yellowstone Lake, and the views of the distant mountains. It is located right on the shores and has one of the better varieties of color in the park.
3: Boiling River
Boiling River is not as colorful as the others but is the most unique and probably the top most enjoyable because you can swim in the perfect waters! Its a must do for me with each trip!
2: Norris Geyser Basin
Norris was very close to taking my number one spot. It has the greatest variety of different features and has some very powerful and awesome fumaroles. I love the milky blue pools and Norris features the tallest geyser in the world.
1. Upper Geyser Basin
Upper Geyser Basin is the most visited spot in the park due to Old Faithful. There is much more to see here. It contains a crazy number of geysers and several beautiful pools. This one takes the top spot due to star power, and the sheer number of features that are rivaled only by Norris.
No trip to Yellowstone is complete without visiting at least of few of these beautiful areas. These thermal areas are a large part of what makes Yellowstone so unique. If you visit any of these or have different favorites comment and let us know how it was! Be sure to check our other best of list for Yellowstone! Best Hikes in Yellowstone: Waterfalls