West Thumb Geyser Basin

Our journey continued to the southeast side of the park where we visited the beautiful lake area.  Lake Yellowstone is the largest high elevation lake in North America.  I was struck by the range of blues and greens in the water.

We enjoyed  lunch at the elegant Lake Yellowstone Hotel where Jen and Bill had spent a summer working while they were in college and fell in love with the West.  I liked this area as it was much less crowded than the other spots we visited.

Circling around the lake we stopped at the West Thumb Geyser Basin to see more bubbling hot springs.  There’s a submerged geyser in the lake called Fishing Cone because people used to catch fish and then drop them into the boiling water to cook.

West Thumb Geyser Basin
The hot spring water is so crystal clear
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Hot trails
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Hot trails
Bison grazing behind our cabin
We found this guy snacking right behind our cabin.  Good thing Bailey didn’t spot him!

Exploring the Upper Geyser Basin

We stayed close to our home base the next day and walked around the terraces of the Upper Geyser Basin behind Old Faithful.

The Beehive geyser was the most impressive

We were lucky to catch many of the geysers erupting.  Beehive Geyser was the most impressive.  It spewed with incredible force for about 5 minutes and was much higher than Old Faithful.  Everybody got wet!

Morning Glory Pool was worth the hike.  The guide says that it’s been victim to vandalism.  People throw coins and trash in the pool which clogs the vents and reduce water circulation.  We saw signs near every hot spring warning people not to throw things into the pools.

Morning Glory Pool
Morning Glory Pool

We didn’t want to miss seeing the Grand Prismatic Basin.  We had stopped there early one morning and it was too fogged over to see anything.  We tried to see it another time and couldn’t get near the parking lot.  We had to try again on our last night and, despite the crowds, it didn’t disappoint.

Grand Prismatic Basin
Grand Prismatic Basin

The colors are spectacular.  The best view would be from above!

Grand Prismatic Basin
Reflections
Grand Prismatic Basin
A river of color
Grand Prismatic Basin
Steaming rivulets into the water

We woke up early the next day for the drive to Denver.

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