Norris Geyser Basin

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  • Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-3073447381
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Geological Formation, Family And Kids, Nature, Volcano

The Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and the most changeable thermal area in Yellowstone. Many hot springs and fumaroles can be found in the basin. Most of them have temperatures above the boiling point! Very volatile, the Norris Geyser Basin is part of one of the world's largest active volcanoes. To add to that, it sits on the intersection of three major faults!  Due to its volatile nature, new hot springs and geysers appear at the Norris every year. Nature at its chaotic best, some features in the Norris Geyser Basin can undergo dramatic changes within minutes. For example, clear pools can become muddy and start boiling! A must visit for the more daring soul.  

  • Go on a guided tour of the place.
  • It is illegal to collect any natural or cultural objects or to remove, deface, or destroy any plant, animal, or mineral in Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas.
  • Don't throw objects into any of the features.
  • Carry drinking water with you.
  • Only entry fees to the Yellowstone National Park apply.

  • The National Park has no bus or shuttle service. Travelling on your own vehicles or rented ones like RVs, Vans, Cars, Bicycles, Motorcycles and Mopeds is recommended. 

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  • Norris Geyser Basin Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, United States
  • Norris Geyser Basin Contact Number: +1-3073447381
  • Norris Geyser Basin Timing: 24-hrs
  • Norris Geyser Basin Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Norris Geyser Basin(preferred time): 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Norris Geyser Basin: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 91.1% of people who visit Yellowstone National Park include Norris Geyser Basin in their plan

  • 74.54% of people start their Norris Geyser Basin visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Norris Geyser Basin

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

93.73% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Norris Geyser Basin

People normally club together Hayden Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring while planning their visit to Norris Geyser Basin.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Steamboat Geyser is about 0.25 mi down this trail; along the way you will see Emerald Spring and some very noisy fumaroles :) Beyond Steamboat are some steeper areas that might be difficult for someone with a walker, etc., but as you can tell from the steam, a nice group of geysers down that part of the loop. Porcelain Basin trail is right nearby, so Norris Geyser Basin definitely has a lot for you to see in a small area.

  • So close to witnessing the largest geyser in the world Steamboat! Saw quite a few minor eruptions while we were there. There were a lot of people all hoping for a great show unfortunately none of us saw it that day. We spent about an hour waiting and hoping. There were a few in the crowd that had been waiting there for days. Some were old timers that witnessed the event in the 90s and even an older gentleman that witnessed the event in the 40s. All were hoping to see something amazing that day. Norris is a great place to visit and hike. Much of the basin trails are easy to hike around mostly flat with a few slopes. A lot of ground to cover if your looking for a way to spend some time. One of my favorite little geysers is located there which is super predictable called Vixen, just wait a few minutes and you'll see a little fountain erupt about 3 or 4 feet in the air.

  • Perhaps my favorite Basin in Yellowstone, this one has numerous blue pools, frequently erupting Geyers and plenty of trails. I especially recommend sunset here as the colors reflected in the pools are just stunning and all the steam catches the last light perfectly. It can be crowded and is definitely designed for crowds and accessible use

  • Amazing, beautiful, colourful. Easy "hiking" trail for everybody no matter if you are in a shape or not. If you are lucky enough you'll see the highest eruption of the geyser in the world.

  • This was really cool to see as it had a little museum with tons of information about the geysers, history of the land, and so on. I also was in the right place at the right time as my family and I got to see Steamboat Geyser go off! Which is super unpredictable and kind of rare (It's gone off several times this year, but before that I think the last time it went of was 2014!) So I had a lot of fun here!

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