West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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Located along the shore of Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the smallest but most scenic geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park. Aside from geysers, the basin also features hot springs, pools, mud pots, and fumaroles (openings in the earth's crust that emit steam and gases). The most popular feature of this basin is Fishing Cone, found on the shore of the lake. This geyser was named for the fact that fishermen used to stand on the cone to fish, and then they'd parboil their catches in the vent of the geyser. Abyss Pool--with a depth of 16 m (53 ft)--is the deepest pool in Yellowstone; its dark green waters give the impression that it's bottomless. Add West Thumb Geyser Basin and other attractions to your Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary using our Yellowstone National Park online visit planner.
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  • Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful and possess some of the most unique and amazing sights I have ever seen. This spot is so beautiful and peaceful! 
    Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful and possess some of the most unique and amazing sights I have ever seen. This spot is so beautiful and peaceful!  more »
  • I took a morning stroll through the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Since this area’s geysers are less active, fewer people were around making it more relaxed. The thermal features are located on the edge... 
    I took a morning stroll through the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Since this area’s geysers are less active, fewer people were around making it more relaxed. The thermal features are located on the edge...  more »
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  • Just another geyser and springs...no! This one sits on the shores of a great lake. With springs in the lake. I was there at sunset and took some epic pics.

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