Oct 02

Biscuit Basin: Pools, Geysers, and Waterfalls

Biscuit BasinBiscuit Basin is a small geothermal area near Old Faithful of the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.  Often overlooked by most visitors due to its close proximity to Old Faithful but it shouldn’t be.  Biscuit Basin is home to several features including the beautiful Sapphire Pool, Shell Geyser, Mustard Spring, Black Opal Pool and Jewell Geyser.  It is also where you can reach the trailhead for Mystic Falls, a 70 foot waterfall.Geo YellowstoneIt is called Biscuit Basin for the large biscuit-shaped mineral formations that were there up until 1959 when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused the Sapphire Pool to erupt destroying the formations.  Chances are pretty good that your visit will be a calm one, but it just helps remind you that when you visit Yellowstone you are visiting an area that is sitting on an active super volcano.Biscuit Basin GeyserWhen visiting Biscuit Basin you can either park in the large parking lot or take the trail from the Upper Geyser Basin seeing geothermal features along the way.  On this particular visit my wife and I were visiting Yellowstone with her parents so we took the trail there and they picked us up which worked out great.Mystic Falls SignWhile it might seem to be just another thermal area in Yellowstone and one you might pass up you shouldn’t for two reasons.  The first being Sapphire Pool which is just a brilliant blue color and the second being Mystic Falls which is just over a mile down the trail.  After being with all the big crowds around Old Faithful, heading over to Biscuit Basin was such a reprieve and to get further away from the crowds head to Mystic Falls.  Though the chances of you being completely alone at either Biscuit Basin or Mystic Falls are slim at least you will get away from 90% of the crowds around Old Faithful.Sapphire PoolRemember that you are in wild country and it can be dangerous if you do not use common sense and sound judgment. Not only are the animals wild but so is the land and getting too close to either can make a great vacation go sour and even be deadly real quick. Animals will protect themselves, their area, and young while the geothermal areas are fragile and dangerous so stay on assigned paths. If you use caution and are prepared Yellowstone will be a great life experience and please leave it just as you found it so the next person can enjoy. Happy Travels!!!Spring OverflowBiscuit Basin
A little over a Half-Mile
Easy Level Boardwalk Trail
20-30 minutes
Biscuit Basin is located a few miles north of Old Faithful Village on the Grand Loop Road
To see all of our reviews of things to do in Yellowstone National Park click here and for more information about the park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

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  1. freda phillips

    Great pictures. Brings back wonderful memories. So glad we got to see all these pools, geysers,and lots of animals. Such a fun adventure.

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