Explore the West Thumb Geyser basin. This offers paint pots, colorful small geysers, vivid hot springs, and dormant geysers on the shore of the scenic Yellowstone lake. Take a stroll through the geyser basin and enjoy the pleasant view of Yellowstone Lake. Try to visit in the afternoon for better views and a cool breeze.
These photos are from our two day trip to Yellowstone National park in late August 2012.
Best Things To Do
- West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail: This is a short 1 mile loop boardwalk from the West Thumb Geyser Basin parking lot that features the colorful hot springs and dormant geysers on the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake.
- Mud Volcano Trail: This 0.7 mile boardwalk loop is about 26 miles north of West Thumb Geyser Basin. This short and easy trail features turbulent pools of hot, muddy water, strange odors, and a bizarre landscape. The main attraction is the Dragon’s Mouth Hot Spring. As the name suggests, a large amount of steam rises out from the mouth of the cave, like smoke blowing from the mouth of a dragon. It makes a booming, gurgling, and growling kind of an animal sound as the gases and steam are released from the deep cave.
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