These are my two lonely pictures from the West Thumb Geyser Basin. As I’d been there before in 2009 (winter), we decided not to walk around the entire area and only take a couple snapshots before moving on.
What is the West Thumb Geyser Basin
The West Thumb Geyser Basin is a geothermal area located in Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. It is situated on the western shore of Yellowstone Lake, in the southern part of the park.
The West Thumb Geyser Basin is named after the thumb-like projection that extends into Yellowstone Lake. It is one of the park’s smaller geyser basins but is known for its scenic beauty and unique thermal features. The geothermal activity in this area is a result of the underlying volcanic activity that fuels the park’s famous geysers and hot springs.
Within the West Thumb Geyser Basin, you can find a variety of geothermal features such as hot springs, geysers, mud pots, and fumaroles. Some notable geysers in the area include Twin Geysers and Black Pool. The Abyss Pool, one of the deeper hot springs in the basin, is also a popular attraction.
Visitors can explore the West Thumb Geyser Basin via a boardwalk that winds through the thermal area, offering close-up views of the geothermal features while ensuring visitor safety and the preservation of the delicate ecosystem. The contrast of the vibrant blue and green hot springs against the backdrop of Yellowstone Lake makes for a picturesque and memorable experience.
Remember, when visiting geothermal areas in Yellowstone National Park, it is essential to stay on designated trails and boardwalks, as the ground can be unstable and dangerous. Additionally, respecting the park’s rules and guidelines helps preserve the unique natural features for future generations to enjoy.
You can view more of my trip to Yellowstone here.