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Back Basin

Grand Loop Road at Norris, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Back Basin is located in the Norris Geyser Basin and has a 1.5 mi/2.4 km boardwalk. It is home to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
pingaroo
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Chicago, Illinois
Hike through the woods to see lots of geysers and springs

This is part of the Norris Geyser Basin area (in addition to the Porcelain basin). This portion... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Lisamarie1138
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Grand Loop Road at Norris, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back Basin is located in the Norris Geyser Basin and has a 1.5 mi/2.4 km boardwalk. It is home to the tallest active geyser in the world - Steamboat Geyser - as well as the once active Minute Geyser and the pretty Emerald Spring. My...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is part of the Norris Geyser Basin area (in addition to the Porcelain basin). This portion involves a little more hiking through the woods, but there are stops at many different and interesting features. It is also interesting to see how the geysers impact...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This hike is longer than Porcelain Basin, the other trail at Norris Geyser. Definitely worth the effort.

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

Supposedly there is in the Back Basin a geyser that is the tallest in the world. It's quite hard to find it. I certainly didn't find it. However, I did find some beautiful pine trees. Wow! What intrigued me the most was the Emerald Spring,...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

It is easy in Yellowstone to get geyser overload, as there is so many choices. However each area is a little unique. The Back Basin is the lower area of the Norris Geyser Basin. There is plenty of parking and a short walk down to...More

Thank OziDiver
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is the "back country" part of the Norris Geyser Basin. The trail is partly boardwalk with stairs. It's 1.75 miles. It includes Steamboat Geyser & Green Dragon Spring. We took this trail last in 2001 on our first trip to Yellowstone. It's definitely worth...More

Thank ccindyk48
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

It includes the Steamboat geyser, it sports fumaroles, hot springs, geysers and you can admire the new growth pine trees interspersed with the old pine trees that obviously died in a forest fire.

Thank Big_bro_1_usa
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Reviewed 31 August 2015

Back Basin is another wonder to view when in the Yellowstone National Park. The wonders of God's work when in Yellowstone.

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Reviewed 9 August 2013 via mobile

This is a lengthier trail at the Norris Geyser Basin. It's a pretty warm walk. The geysers on this trail are pretty spread out and nothing special. However, it is worth it to walk about .3 miles to Steamboat Geyser and then turn around. It...More

Thank RileyAnn
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

This is a nice 1.5 mile hike around geysers and hot springs. If you enjoy the hydrothermal features, this is loaded and has the world's largest geyser. However, Steamboat geyser hasn't erupted since 2005. If you plan to visit Norris, definitely do it before you...More

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