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Norris Geyser Basin – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Geysers, Mud pots, Fumaroles, Hot Springs, Mountains, Tourists

Distance

1-3 Miles depending on route

Parking Lot Elevation

7630

Summit Elevation

7502

Elevation Gain/Loss

325 Feet total gain

Time Required

1-2 Hours

Pets

No

Fees

Yellowstone entry fee

Water Info

Bring your own

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Restrooms

At trailhead

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Nearby

Food

No

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

Norris Geyser Basin is my personal favorite of all the basin’s in Yellowstone. There is a lot of of variety and its actually a decent length hike. There are about 3 miles of total trail in the area. Here is a map of the Norris trail system.

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This trail is a mix of boardwalk and paved path. It is a bit steep in spots but very easy most of the time. A very short way from the parking lot there is a book store and museum.

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Here are a few of my favorite pools and features. This whole area will make you feel like a different planet. It is very barren and bizzare. The first and most popular stop is Steamboat Geyser. Its the largest active geyser on earth. However it is not very active with the last eruption in September 2014. It has a very large and interesting crater.

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Near steamboat is a very pretty green pool.

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If you look off to the north you can see pretty views of the Gallatin Range.

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As you proceed along the trail you will pass almost countless numbers of bizzare and pretty features. Here are some of my favorites.

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Porcelain Basin is my favorite area. It literally looks like a moonscape. I love the milky blue pools that I think are the prettiest in the park.

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The Return:

There are many options on this trail but I like to make it a large loop or a figure 8. Choose your route based on your energy and time.

Personal Thoughts:

This is a fun area to explore and for some reason doesn’t seem quite as crowded as the other geyser areas. It has the most features and some of the most unique. Its a great way to spend an hour on any visit to Yellowstone.

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About The Author
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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