Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone
Yellowstone Norris Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin Trail Map - Yellowstone National Park
The Norris Geyser Basin Area has much to boast about: it is the park’s hottest and most dynamic geyser basin; the earliest recorded geyser activity is here; and it hosts 550 geothermal features including Yellowstone's tallest active geyser, Steamboat Geyser, which spouts water more than 300 feet in the air but whose eruptions may be years apart. The last eruption of this magnificent geyser took place on July 31st, 2013. You will also find the Museum of the National Park Ranger, housed in the Norris Soldier Station, one of the few remaining soldiers stations in the park, and the Norris Geyser Basin Museum.

A 2 mile trail winds through Norris Geyser Basin, leading you to features such as Black Growler Steam Vent, Ledge Geyser, the basin's second highest geyser, and Porcelain Basin hotsprings coated in the milky color of silceous sinter. Nearby, a one-way drive along Virginia Cascade Drive follows the waters of the Gibbon River. When you pass the Lava Creek Tuff, you will be close to the rim of the Yellowstone Caldera.

The Norris Geyser Basin can be very busy during the middle of the day. Go early in the morning to avoid the midday crowds. Give yourself between 1-3 hours to fully explore this area. If you're staying at Norris Campground there is a trail that provides access to the geyser basin.

General Rules and Regulations
• Please do not litter or throw objects into pools or geysers
• Pets are not allowed in the thermal areas
• No swimming
• Please do not feed the animals
• No smoking
• Please do not remove any items
• Stay on walkways and boardwalks
• Bicycles are not allowed on the boardwalks - please stay on designated bike paths

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