Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA: The Geysers

When most people hear the name “Yellowstone National Park”, the first word that comes to their mind is “geysers”, and for good reason.  Yellowstone National Park has approximately 500 geysers throughout the park.  Obviously we can’t cover all of them in 1 post, and most likely you will not be able to visit all of them in a single visit, probably not even in 10 visits.  So I will share with you the geysers we visited along with their pictures and you can decide if you want to visit these geysers or visit other geysers:

Old Faithful:  The most famous geyser in Yellowstone as it has has eruptions (of water and steam, not lava) every 44 to 125 minutes.  There are several other smaller geysers around it that you can hike to via the many boardwalks while waiting for it to erupt again.  There is also a couple of lodges with shopping and restaurants that are worth visiting


Fountain Paint Pots:  This is a trail with a few smaller geysers and thermal pools.  It’s a boardwalk trail that you can walk around.  Aside from the geysers and thermal pools, the nature is beautiful


Grand Prismatic Spring:  This is a little bit of a hike from the parking lot.  The colors around the spring are amazing.

West Thumb Geyser Basin: These thermal pools and small geysers do not have anything too original, except the fact that they are next to a very large lake.  It’s beautiful scenery around here is the reason you would want to drive this far and yes, it’s deep into the park.

Norris Geyser Basin: The oldest and hottest geyser in the park.  It also stinks, so hold your breath.

All the geysers and thermal pools are unlike anything you will ever see and they are all against a beautiful backdrop of pinetrees, hills, and/or mountains.  As with anything having to do with nature, be careful and stay on the trails.  People who fail to stay on the trails or break the rules have been known to fall into the thermal pools and boil to death, don’t be one of them.




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