Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Midway between Madison and Old Faithful Village on Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming| Map |
The Lower Geyser Basin is one of the most-visited areas of Yellowstone, a 12-square-mile section containing the widest variety of geothermal features in the park. The Lower Geyser Basin can be explored by driving to each feature, and spending a short time at every stop. The geysers, mudpots, springs and fumaroles have names as colorful as they look: Sentinel Cone, Pink Cone, Ojo Caliente, Octopus Spring, Imperial Geyser, the Fountain Paint Pot and several others. The Great Fountain Geyser is one of the biggest geysers in the Basin, erupting from a large terrace to a height of up to 150 feet. The White Dome Geyser doesn’t have impressive eruptions, but it does feature a strange pink and white-streaked cone. The Fountain Group is comprised of numerous multi-colored mud pots, and the adjacent Pocket Basin has the most mudpots in the entire park. There are so many geysers here, it’s easy to time one’s arrival to see more than one eruption. The Lower Geyser Basin will fascinate families of all ages, and should be the first section to see while traveling through Yellowstone National Park.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The family should work their way down the Lower Geyser Basin features and end the tour at Old Faithful for the perfect climax - and to have lunch.
Address: Midway between Madison and Old Faithful Village on Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming| Map
Hours: Year Round More Info
Price: Free More Info