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Natural Wonders

Geyser Basins & Thermal Features

Midway Geyser Basin Boardwalk
The Midway Geyser Basin is an easy half mile boardwalk that takes you up close to some of Yellowstones biggest and most impressive thermal features. Excelsior Geyser is the first thermal feature you will come to. The beautiful blue and green water of Excelsior Geyser sits inside a 200 x 300 foot crater. This crater was formed by the large violent eruptions...View More

Biscuit Basin Self-Guiding Trail
Biscuit Basin is only a few miles north of Old Faithful Village on the Grand Loop Road. A 1/4 mile boardwalk will guide you through Biscuit Basin which got its name from the biscuit-like deposits that once surrounded the bright blue water of Sapphire Pool. In 1959, Sapphire Pool began erupting violently as a result of...View More

Black Sand Basin Self-Guiding Trail
Black Sand Basin is located less than one mile north of Old Fatihful Village on the Grand Loop Road. It sets at the base of a wall of rhyolite which was part of a lava flow during one of Yellowstone's volcanic eruptions and is the smallest of the geyser basin boardwalks in the Old Faithful area, with the boardwalk only being about 1/4 mile in length...View More

Fountain Paint Pot Self-Guiding Trail
The Fountain Paint Pot area is very active and displays all four types of thermal features that are found in Yellowstone. On your walk around this half-mile boardwalk you can encounter hotsprings, mudpots, geysers, and fumaroles. Only a few short minutes after you begin your walk, you will be at the Fountain Paint Pots (the area's name sake). The paint pots might be one of Yellowstone's weirdest and funniest thermal feautures. Plopping and bubbling as gasses escape the Earth...View More

Upper Geyser Basin Self-Guiding Trail
The Upper Geyser Basin is the heart of Old Faithful Village. Home to the famous Old Faithful Geyser and the largest concentration of geysers in the world, the Upper Geyser Basin is a true spectacle of mother nature and part of what makes Yellowstone National Park such an amazing place to visit. Crowds by the hundreds gather in the summer months to witness...View More

Old Faithful Geyser
Old Faithful Geyser is probably one of the most, if not the most, famous geyser in the world where it holds its place as a natural icon for Yellowstone National Park. Crowds by the hundreds gather on the boardwalk around the geyser to witness the spectacular eruption of water that can blast up to 184 feet into the air...View More

Grand Prismatic Spring
Located at the heart of the Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring is an amazing hot spring full of color that illuminates its steam to blue and green as it rises from the surface of the water. As the 3rd largest hot spring in the world, Grand Prismatic measures approximately 220 x 300 feet and 120 feet deep...View More


Kepler Cascades
The Kepler Cascades flow rapidly through a rocky canyon just south of Old Faithful Village, drawing in crowds of visitors in a region mostly dominated by geysers and hot springs. With a height between...View More

Lewis Falls
Lewis Falls is one of the first waterfalls you will see driving into the park through the South Entrance. The 30 foot falls can be seen by parking in one of the roadside pullouts nearby and walking onto the bridge that goes over the Lewis River...View More

Scenic Drives

Fountain Flat Drive
Fountain Flat Drive is the access point for many different activites. At the front of the drive is the Nez Perce Picnic area, situated at the confluence of the Firehole River and Nez Perce Creek...View More

Firehole Lake Drive
The one-way Firehole Lake Drive takes you through the woods and back to a place where hidden geysers and thermal features that can't be seen from the road, are found. Several pullouts and parking areas along your drive make it easy for you to get out of the car and take your time admiring these natural wonders. This is also where...View More

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