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Norris Geyser Basin is a composite of some of the park's most unpredictable and fascinating geothermal attractions. Its 2½ mile interpretive trail system takes the visitor past thermal geysers, rainbow colored hot springs and impressive fumaroles that make up Yellowstone's hottest features.
Steam escaping from Black Growler Steam Vent often reaches over 200 degrees F in temperature. Steamboat Geyser, Yellowstone's largest geyser, can reach more than 300 feet into the air. Congress Pool, known for its soothing blue color, can erupt into a roiling cauldron of mud and steam at a moment's notice. Such is the mysterious and often temperamental nature of the Norris Geyser Basin complex.
Norris Geyser Basin also is significant for its contribution as a U.S. Calvary outpost during the late 19th century. The Museum of the Park Ranger and the Norris Geyser Basin Museum stand as testaments to the area's two most enduring features: the earth's unpredictable nature and Mankin's role as its beneficent custodian.
Although there are no restaurant or hotel facilities at Norris Geyser Basin, numerous picnic stops surround the complex.
A visitor center sits at the center of the complex, with linking trails to its nearby campground and Museum of the Park Ranger. Hotel facilities can be found at Canyon Village (12 miles east) and the Old Faithful visitor complex (30 miles south), reachable by Yellowstone's scenic Grand Loop Road.
This, Yellowstone's most active geothermal area, is located on the west-central side of the park, 14 miles north of the Madison visitor complex and 28 miles northeast of the town of West Yellowstone, Montana.
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The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone by Matt Bolton. Sized perfectly for backpacks this guide offers specifics on food, what to see, children's activities, weather, wildlife, seasonal road closures, ranger programs, visitor centers, what differentiates each section of the park and more. Filled with information, phone numbers, web sites, and detailed maps this is the tool to use when planning a trip to Yellowstone. Order now...
Yellowstone National Park Pocket Guide (Falcon Pocket Guides Series) by Ann Simpson and Rob Simpson. Yellowstone National Park Pocket Guide is an information-packed, pocket-size guide that helps visitors get the most out of their park visit in a unique, convenient, and portable package. Order now...
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country by Seymour L. Fishbein. Yellowstone Country tours the stunning region that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a mosaic of national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, countless waterfalls, hot springs and two-thirds of the world's active geysers. Order now...
Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple. Easy-to-understand scientific explanations and diagrams complement detailed travel tips. This revised edition includes 270 pages of road logs and enhanced information for senior and disabled visitors and tips for visiting the park with children. Fully revised geological, historical, and practical information. Order now...
Insiders' Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton, 7th Edition by Brian Hurlbut and Seabring Davis. With this guide discover the best outdoor activities, lodging, dining, and entertainment offerings in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks areas. Order now...
The Rough Guide to Yellowstone & Grand Teton by Stephen Timblin. This guide is packed with full-colour photos, detailed maps, reviews on every single restaurant and lodge within Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and comprehensive looks at the Parks' various gateway towns. The guide also takes a detailed look at hiking, with two full chapters dedicated to the best hikes found in each park. Order now...
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