Tag Archive: Geothermal Features Yellowstone National Park

Sep 14

Fountain Paint Pot: Yellowstone National Park


Visiting Yellowstone National Park is an otherworldly experience.  Hiking the boardwalk trail at Fountain Paint Pot brings that notion to life.  The bubbling mud pots, the vivid oranges, browns, and blues of the hot springs, geysers shooting water in the air and the fumaroles make the Fountain Paint Pot a fun little hike. One of …

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Sep 05

Mud Volcano: Yellowstone National Park


Ooooh that smell, can’t you smell that smell, Oooh that smell.  I don’t think the band Lynyrd Skynyrd had the Mud Volcano area of Yellowstone National Park in mind when they came up with those lyrics.  Though they could have.  It certainly fits the area.  The rotten egg smell that permeates from Mud Volcano is …

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Aug 14

Firehole Lake Drive: Yellowstone National Park


Firehole Lake Drive is a 3-mile side road off the Grand Loop between Old Faithful and Madison Junction.  It is one of many side excursions that is often overlooked in the need to see the more famous sites of Yellowstone National Park.  It shouldn’t be.  Of course, you cannot see it all, not in one …

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Oct 24

Mammoth Terraces: Always Changing Always Worth a Visit

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Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces is one of the main attractions to see in Yellowstone National Park.  Along with Upper and Lower Falls, the wildlife, and of course Old Faithful making a trip to the Mammoth Terraces is a must do whenever you are in the park.  This geothermal area of the park is a little …

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Oct 02

Biscuit Basin: Pools, Geysers, and Waterfalls

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Biscuit 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 …

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Sep 25

West Thumb Geyser Basin: Yellowstone Lake

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The West Thumb Geyser Basin is located on the banks of Yellowstone Lake just north of Grant Village where the South Entrance Road and the Grand Loop Road meet. Though it is one of the smaller geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park its ideal location, having the vast Yellowstone Lake as its backdrop, makes it …

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Sep 12

Black Sand Basin: One of the More Colorful Basins

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Black Sand Basin is a small collection of geyser and hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up in quality.  This particular basin is not high on most books or websites list of attractions, but do not let that stop you from making the quick visit to see these colorful …

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Sep 05

Artists Paint Pots: Bringing out the Colors in Yellowstone

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Artists Paint Pots is a just short hike to a great collection of dozens of geothermal features including springs, geysers, vents, and the highly entertaining mud pots.  Despite its very colorful features Artists Paint Pots is often overlooked by tourists to Yellowstone National Park and while you will probably not have the entire area to …

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