Yellowstone Geysers: Lower Geyser Basin

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Lower Geyser Basin

Enjoy a wide variety of geothermal features, including Firehole Lake and the Fountain Paint Pots, in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park.

  • Take the Firehole Lake Drive to see the Great Fountain Geyser and Firehole Lake.
  • Explore the Fountain Paint Pot area to see intriguing colors and formations.
  • Bike along Fountain Flat Drive.

What can I do and see in the Lower Geyser Basin?

  • Great Fountain Geyser: This is the only predicted geyser within the Lower Geyser Basin and its grand eruptions can shoot up to 200 feet into the air. The Great Fountain Geyser is found along the Firehole Lake Drive. You can watch 'er blow right from your car.
  • Fountain Paint Pots: Stroll along a .5 mile boardwalk to see interesting features like the Fountain Paint Pots, Red Spouter, and Morning Geyser.
  • Firehole Lake Drive: Take the 4 mile one-way Firehole Lake Drive to visit interesting features like the Firehole Spring, Great Fountain Geyser, the White Dome Geyser (erupting in 30 min to 3 hour intervals), and the Firehole Lake (the largest hot spring in the area).
  • Fountain Flats Drive/Bike Ride: Just north of the turnoff to Fountain Paint Pots and on the west side of the road, drive out Fountain Flats Drive until it dead-ends. From here you can either bike down to the Midway Geyser Basin area or park your bike half way and hike out to Fairy Falls or Sentinel Meadows.

Where is the Lower Geyser Basin?

Lower Geyser Basin is located north of the Upper and Midway Geyser Basins, between Madison Junction and Old Faithful Village on the Grand Loop Road. The primary access point is either the Fountain Paint Pot area or the Firehole Lake Drive

When can I visit the Lower Geyser Basin?

Yellowstone National Park is open 365 days a year, but many interior roads close during winter months. You can still access the Lower Geyser Basin in the winter on a snowcoach or snowmobile tour.

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