Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone Natioal Park

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Norris Geyser Basin

Sitting at the junction of three fault lines, the Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest area in Yellowstone. Stop by the Steamboat Geyser, the tallest of its kind in the world.

  • First Stop: Norris Musuem.
  • Swing by the unpredictable Steamboat Geyser and imagine it erupting.
  • This is the hottest geothermal area in the park.

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

  • Steamboat Geyser: In the Back Basin you'll find the world's tallest active geyser. It can reach heights of 300 feet, providing a nice shower to onlookers. Its eruptions are rare and unpredictable, more recently reaching smaller heights of around 10 to 40 feet.
  • Porcelain Basin: You might feel like you are walking on another planet as you stroll through Porcelain Basin. Check out the Ledge Geyser (which erupts at an angle) and the ever steaming Black Growler Vent.
  • Back Basin: Follow the boardwalk into the Back Basin, a forested version of Porcelain Basin and home to the Steamboat Geyser.
  • Norris Museum: Swing by the museum before heading out on the trails to get the most out of your experience.

Where is the Norris Geyser Basin?

Norris sits at a junction between Madison, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Canyon Village. From Mammoth Hot Springs, head directly south. From Madison, head north and from Canyon Village, head west.

When can I visit the Norris Geyser Basin?

Throughout the late spring, summer, and fall, you can visit Norris Geyser Basin on your own. Come winter, the only way to visit the area is via snowcoach or snowmobile tour.