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Black Sand Basin – Yellowstone
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Geysers, Hot Springs

Distance

Less than a half mile loop

Time Required

25-60 Minutes

Pets

Not allowed

Fees

Yellowstone park entrance fee

Water Info

This is short enough you probably won't need any

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Flat board walk

Restrooms

At trail head

Visitor Center

At Old Faithful

Camping

Nearby

Family Friendly?

Yes

Driving Directions


The Trail:

Black Sand Basin is one of the lesser known Geyser Basins in Yellowstone. It is located just west of Old Faithful. This is a nice one because the tour buses rarely stop here making it less crowded. It is also very short making it great for all ages. Total hiking is less than a half mile. The board walk makes a Y shape. 

There is plenty of parking.

The river was beautiful.

There are several small geysers.

Cliff Geyser was my favorite.

There are two large hot springs. The largest is Rainbow Pool.

The prettiest is Emerald Pool.

Personal Thoughts:

This is definitely worth a short trip to stretch your legs. 
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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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