Norris Geyser Basin & Area Accessibility

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A wooden boardwalk leads to a log building
The Museum of the National Park Ranger has a wheelchair-accessible entrance. The boardwalk around the building offers views of the meadow and Gibbon River.

NPS / Diane Renkin



Norris Geyser Basin Museum

Curb cut and paved trail to the museum.


  • Geyser Basin: Restroom building across from accessible parking; accessible vault toilets in the parking area.
  • Campground: At the entrance.

Designated Accessible Parking

  • Geyser Basin: At the trail entrance.
  • Ranger Museum: Accessible parking is 200 yards from the museum.


0.8 miles/1.3 km north of Norris Junction: Two accessible sites. Learn more about campgrounds in Yellowstone.

Learning About the Area

Area Trail Guide

Available for $1 from the box in front of the museum, this guide includes a map and descriptions of the hydrothermal features of the Norris Geyser Basin.

Ranger-led Programs

Offered in summer. Visitors attending programs at the campground amphitheater may require assistance. Learn More about ranger programs in Yellowstone.

Museum of the National Park Ranger

Wheelchair-accessible entrance; the boardwalk around the building offers views of the meadow and Gibbon River.

What to See

Norris Geyser Basin

Visitors using wheelchairs can see the steam and colors of Porcelain Basin from the museum and view Emerald Spring nearby. But wheelchair travel into Porcelain and Back basins is difficult due to stairs, steep inclines, and uneven ground. Visitors using manual wheelchairs may require assistance; motorized wheelchairs may not have enough power. Consult the area trail guide or ask a ranger to recommend routes.

Roaring Mountain

4.9 miles/7.9 km north of Norris Junction, Roaring Mountain is a large, acidic hydrothermal area (solfatara) with many fumaroles. Large pullout; exhibit is wheelchair-accessible.

Obsidian Cliff

8.4 miles/13.6 km north of Norris Junction, this National Historic Landmark can be viewed from a large pullout, which also features an accessible historic exhibit. Learn more about Obsidian Cliff.

Artists Paintpots

3.8 miles/6 km south of Norris Junction, the lower portion of this colorful hydrothermal area is wheelchair-accessible. The upper trail to the mudpots is steep and rough, and not recommended for visitors using wheelchairs.


Last updated: September 7, 2018

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