Yellowstone National Park
Geysers, Mud pots, Fumaroles, Hot Springs, Mountains, Tourists
1-3 Miles depending on route
325 Feet total gain
Yellowstone entry fee
Bring your own
Spring, Summer, Fall
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.
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.
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.
Near steamboat is a very pretty green pool.
If you look off to the north you can see pretty views of the Gallatin Range.
As you proceed along the trail you will pass almost countless numbers of bizzare and pretty features. Here are some of my favorites.
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.
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.
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.