Includes Norris Geyser Basin, Steamboat Geyser, Norris Campground, Artists' Paint Pots, Roaring Mountain, Gibbon Falls
Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.
The Norris Area in Yellowstone National Park is yet another famed attraction. Located between Madison and Mammoth on the Grand Loop, it is an area that is very diverse and beautiful. It includes the Norris Geyser Basin, Artist's Paint Pots, Gibbon Falls, Roaring Mountain, Nymph Lake, South Twin Lake, North Twin Lake, the Gibbon River and Norris Campground. This is an area that is definitely worth exploring while vacationing in Yellowstone National Park. (See Norris Map at page bottom)
Norris Geyser Basin
Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, and it also holds the tallest geyser in the world, which is Steamboat Geyser. Most of the hydrothermal features are at the boiling point of 199 (F), and scientists found the hottest spot in Yellowstone just a few hundred feet below the surface of the Norris Geyser Basin, which measures 459 F! The Norris Geyser Basin may not be the prettiest Yellowstone Park geyser basin, but it may be the most fascinating.
Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park covers a large area, so plan on spending some time here is you want to see the entire basin.
Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is also the most volatile basin in the park, mainly because it sits directly on the junction of three major fault lines. Whenever there is significant seismic activity, there is often a change in geyser behavior. Norris Geyser Basin is an ever-changing, super hot and super volatile place that is really fun to explore and fascinating to learn about!
These young visitors are waiting for Steamboat Geyser to erupt. They may be waiting awhile because the last eruption was on May 23, 2005.
Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is the tallest geyser in the world. Unfortunately it doesn't erupt very often.
Steamboat Geyser is located at the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, and is the largest geyser in the world, measuring nearly 400 feet in height. Unfortunately, this monstrous geyser does not erupt regularly or very often. It's last eruption was on May 23, 2005. So if you have your heart set on watching the biggest geyser in the world erupt, you may be either waiting a really long time, or you may get EXTREMELY lucky and hit it just right! We'd love to show you a photo of an eruption, but we haven't lucked out yet.
This is the view from the Norris Campground in Yellowstone National Park. The Gibbon River flows right beside the campground.
Artist's Paint Pots
Gibbon Falls is another "Yellowstone Classic".
Roaring Mountain is very appropriately named: It's a mountain that roars! This unique hydrothermal feature is basically an entire mountain side of fumaroles, or vents, where super hot steam is released. Roaring Mountain is located along the Grand Loop in Yellowstone National Park approximately four miles north of Norris.