This geyser basin is situated along the shore for a distance of two miles, extending back from it about five hundred yards and into the lake perhaps as many feet. There are several hundred springs here, varying in size from miniature fountains to pools or wells seventy-five feet in diameter and of great depth. Additionally, a small cluster of mud springs. Of particular note, the Abyss Pool offers an optical illusion that makes it look bottomless, and Fishing Cone is a offshore pool which was once popular as a spot to cook newly-caught fish by dipping them into this partially submerged hot spring. (This stunt is no longer allowed.)
This was a scenic stop and the first time I saw geysers in the park. We strolled the boardwalks and took the path that splits to the left from the main one that leads to the parking lot. We did not complete the entire loop but saw most geysers up close and the rest from an enjoyable distance within 45 minutes. The restrooms here are "outhouse" style with hand sanitizer, as many in the park are.
The West Thumb Geyser Basin is a good warm up for the mayhem of Old Faithful and the associated geothermal activity around that area. Spend an hour or two strolling along the boardwalks, marvelling at the complex colours of the various hot springs and enjoy the unique vista of fumaroles in the lake, with the sweeping mountains in the background.
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