Lower Geyser Basin
- Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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North of Old Faithful and southwest of the Norris Geyser Basin is the Lower Geyser Basin. What sets this roughly 12-square-mile geothermic area apart from the others is that its features are filled with mud rather than water. Take a stroll around the belching Fountain Paint Pots, which earned their name from the colors produced by the mud's high acidity levels. You should also check out the Great Fountain Geyser, where you'll see eruptions reach between 100 and 200 feet, causing steaming trickles of water to cascade down the geyser's terraces. Other areas worth exploring are the Queen's Laundry (a stream cool enough to swim in) and the constantly boiling Ojo Caliente pool.
Because the Lower Geyser Basin is more secluded than other main attractions, there are no facilities in the immediate area. The closest eateries are located several miles south at Old Faithful.
Consult the National Park Service's Old Faithful area page for a list of specific facilities in the area, comprehensive maps, nearby attractions plus operating hours.
Nearby Things To Do
Grand Prismatic Spring1.7 miles away
Old Faithful6.4 miles away
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center14.9 miles away
Madison Campground8.9 miles away
Canyon Lodge and Cabins10.4 miles away
Norris Campground11.3 miles away