Thing to Do

West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail

Female visitor stands next to a wooden sign that says

Stroll through a geyser basin of colorful hot springs and dormant lakeshore geysers situated on the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake.

Safety notes: Be sure to stay on the boardwalks at all times.

Trailheads: West Thumb Geyser Basin Parking Area.

This is a 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) loop trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the southern part of the park, with the trailhead in the West Thumb Geyser Basin parking lot.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

Woman stands by wooden sign that says "Black Pool" and looks at the blue, steaming hydrothermal pool
West Thumb Geyser Basin is located on the shore of Yellowstone Lake.

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Hikers standing on the rocky top of Avalanche Peak with Yellowstone Lake in the background.

Yellowstone Day Hikes

Lace up your boots and explore some of the over 1,000 miles of trails in Yellowstone National Park.

Visitors walking along the West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk.

West Thumb & Grant Day Hikes

Explore some of the major lakes of Yellowstone National Park along these trails.

Last updated: July 2, 2018