Trail of the Norris Geyser Hike in Yellowstone National Park
Trail of the Norris Geyser Hike in Yellowstone National Park

Norris Geyser hike

Yellowstone National Park
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Norris Geyser hike

Distance: 2.5mi
Elevation: 328ft
Time: 0.75-1.5h

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The Norris Geyser is a flat trail in Yellowstone that will guide you through several roaring geysers and colorful inkpots. Though it is busy, this hike is far superior to the Artist Point pots trail, as escaping the crowds takes a matter of minutes.

Norris Geyser hike Map

Getting there

From Madison Junction, head north along Highway 89 for nearly 13.7mi. Turn left towards the Norris Geyser Basin. This narrow road goes up to the parking lot and visitor center.

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When to do

May through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

At Parking Lot

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


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Route Description for Norris Geyser

From the trailhead, walk down the only path, passing by the visitor center. You have many options to explore this natural wonder, allowing you to customize this hike to fit exactly how much energy you have. If you are feeling more tired, walk down to the right towards the Porcelain Basin. You will be able to see several geysers, including Pinwheel Geyser, Ledge Geyser and the large Black Growler Steam Vent. This short loop is on a boardwalk, and remains mostly flat.

A longer option is to do the circuit around Back Basin to the left. Starting along this trail, you will quickly leave the large crowds, and pass by several beautiful geysers. There is also the option of cutting this trail short and returning before you cross Tantalus Creek, however doing the full loop offers several stellar views.

We advise doing the Back Basin loop, then heading down to Porcelain Basin, as the routes throughout this trail system remain almost entirely flat.

Insider Hints

  • The roadway leading up to the parking lot is frequently closed due to full capacity. Arrive early to snag a spot.

  • The Norris Geyser Basin Museum is a great place to bring children, as is the cute bookstore.

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Dahlia T. 1 year ago

Steam from the geysers looks like magic. My fondness of this place is beyond words to describe.

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MamaBear 1 year ago

Easy trail and great to bring the kids along.

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Matty E. 1 year ago

Good hike. Trail was short and easy. So nice to be here even when it's cloudy.

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Tati Max 1 year ago

The geyser was fantastic however the air in the area was quite dry.

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Polina Ivanov 1 year ago

This is my second geyser. Can I call myself an official Geyser-Chaser now?

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Peter McGuiness 1 year ago

The roaring geysers were incredible. The colorful inkpots were impressive as well.

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MissGiggles 1 year ago

This was a nice short trail with multiple views of geysers, not too difficult mostly flat.

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Harold P. 2 years ago

The steam looks great! Nice circuit trail route. It was an amusing adventure.

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Carmilla Shzm 2 years ago

Did this hike with my husband few years back. It was a nice place. I'm fond of geysers so I enjoyed it a lot.

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mountaincat 2 years ago

We've visited the museum and bought some souvenirs. Nice spot, easy to visit, right next to the road.

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