West Thumb Geyser Basin is probably one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever seen.It’s a geothermal area on the shore of Yellowstone Lake. Think: hot springs, mud pots and fumerols, with boiling water up to almost a 100 degrees Celsius (so even though the water looks as turquoise as a postcard from the Maldives, swimming is a definite no no). The colours are amazingly beautiful, with bright yellows, oranges and even greens and we just couldn’t stop staring at it. (We later learned these colours are caused by bacteria and the effect of sunlight).
West Thumb Geyser Basin is a highlight in Yellowstone National Park, so to really enjoy the beauty of this place – and not the busloads of tourists taking selfies, doing fashion-blog-photo-shoots or making phone calls with their back (!) towards this magical place – make sure to get there early, preferably out of season. The boardwalk is a perfect short hike, but will still take you at least an hour with all the things to spot along the way.
If you feel like doing a longer hike – including animal spotting – there are some great walks nearby that we will tell you all about in our next post!