Yellowstone National Park
A Virtual Tour

Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone. It is also very acidic, which is opposite of the other geyser basins which are basically alkaline. The exception to this being the Mud Volcano area. It is also a very barren area, reminding one of the barren lanscape of the moon. Another curious aspect of Norris Geyser Basin is that it is 'seasonal'. It is fed by two separte and distinct geothermal reservoirs, one of which is deep and hot, while the other is shallow and relatively cool. The basin is also affected by the ground water runoff. This makes for some very interesting affects on the hot springs and geysers. Some of the hot springs will change colors, while others will become geysers for a short period of time. The Norris Geyser Basin has boardwalks and well defined trails and it is open to the public. These trails are very steep and the boardwalks have stairs which make them a challenge to the handicaped.

Norris Geyser Bain is made up of two distinct areas. The Porcelain Basin lies to the north and the Back Basin is the southern portion of the geyser basin. This is a virtual tour of both the Back Basin and the Porcelain Basin.

Norris Geyser Basin

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Norris Geyser Basin

Interactive Map of Norris Basin

Use this interactive map to get information about the specific areas of the park you plan to visit. Click on the areas that interest you. You will be taken to pages with more detailed maps, area trip planners, and links to park features.


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