West Thumb Geyser Basin
Our Day Paddles and Sunset Kayak Trips take you in to the West Thumb Geyser Basin, one of the most unassuming thermal areas in Yellowstone National Park. It features no major attraction like Old Faithful or Morning Glory, nor is it particularly active. Containing no continually erupting geysers, West Thumb is mostly a collective of hot pools and springs, varying in size and shape.
West Thumb is one of the must-see attractions of the park for its unpredictable nature and scenic locale on the shores of an amazing alpine lake. Unlike attractions such as Fountain Paint Pots or Norris Geyser Basin, there are not long lines of people milling around, providing you with a more relaxing experience. It’s a great place to take a relaxing stroll amidst the bubbling thermal water. None of the features are exactly legendary (save one), but they offer just as much as any other basin in the park. Some of the deeper pools, such as Black Pool and Abyss Pool, are just as, if not more, beautiful as Morning Glory. Some of the basin even extends into the neighboring lake, sometimes underwater until August. West Thumb also features Fishing Cone, which sits just ten or so feet away from the boardwalk in the middle of the lake. Kayaking in Yellowstone is a truly unique way to experience these amazing natural wonders.
Another great aspect of the basin is its location. Not only does it sit right next to Yellowstone Lake with a clear view of the mountains, it also sits between two of the biggest lodging hubs in the park: Old Faithful and Lake Hotel. Driving to West Thumb from Lake offers spectacular views of the lake, while the drive from Old Faithful takes you through a rugged mountain pass as well as over the Continental Divide. In addition, West Thumb is only a mile away from Grant Village, and a great stopping point if you’re driving to Grand Teton National Park as well.