Norris Geyser BasinCurrently Open
- 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
Norris Geyser Basin - Review
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.
Norris Geyser Basin Information
- 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.
How To reach Norris Geyser Basin by Public Transport
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Norris Geyser Basin
91.27% of people who visit Yellowstone National Park include Norris Geyser Basin in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
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
93.73% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Norris Geyser Basin
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Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park Reviews
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.
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!
Spectacular geysers. It gets crowded very fast, so plan your trip wisely. If you go too early, the geysers are all covered in thick steam, so it's difficult to see the amazing views. If you go late again, the place is so crowded you won't find parking. The most spectacular Geyser here has a very random eruption frequency. So, we found a number of people camped there hoping to see it erupt, it had last erupted 11 or 13 days earlier.
With all the news around Steamboat Geyser we had to make this stop and see in person. We headed out on the Back basin trail and were quickly at Steamboat. No large venting but there was definitely activity going on. A walk along the trail leads you past many geothermal areas that all have their own unique look. Some are quite smelly, suffer like rotten eggs. There is a boardwalk and a few trails with some changes of elevation. An easy walk if you are able. We also did a little stroll in Porcelain Basin but it was getting late and we were all hungry. There is plenty to see from the beginning of the trail though.
Loved it! Various geyser and hot springs. Two main hikes to see the whole area, helpful park rangers. Also has a small museum to educate little kids about volcanoes.