Black Pool

A large hot spring steaming in front of a large lake, with a wooden boardwalk going between them.
Black Pool and Yellowstone Lake

Quick Facts
West Thumb Geyser Basin

Black Pool was named for the green and brown thermophiles living in the pool back when it was given this name. Since then, however, the temperature of the water has increased, and the types of thermophiles living in the pool has shifted to those more orange and yellow in color.

Hot Springs

Hot springs are the most common hydrothermal features in Yellowstone. Their plumbing has no constrictions.

Superheated water cools as it reaches the surface, sinks, and is replaced by hotter water from below.

This circulation prevents water from reaching the temperature needed to set off an eruption.

Use Caution in Hydrothermal Areas

  • Stay on boardwalks and designated trails.
  • Hydrothermal water can severely burn you.
  • Never run, push, or shove.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Do not scratch hydrothermal mats.

You are responsible for your safety.

Think safety, act safely. Yellowstone is a dangerous place.

Yellowstone National Park

Last updated: November 7, 2021