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Address: Grand Loop Rd., Midway between Madison and Old Faithful Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Impressive and colourful!

Porcelain Basin is a section of Norris Geyser Basin that vibrates with steam, hot water and colour. It is also one of the most colourful areas in Yellowstone NP. The unique stark... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
Ena G
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Porcelain Basin is a section of Norris Geyser Basin that vibrates with steam, hot water and colour. It is also one of the most colourful areas in Yellowstone NP. The unique stark landscape of Porcelain Basin is the result of acidic processes which make the establishing of algae and bacteria a difficult task. Instead the basin derives its palette from... More 

1 Thank Ena G
Westville, Indiana
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is located in the Norris Geyser Basin. The Porcelain side is 1.1 miles of boardwalk trail. If this is your first visit to Yellowstone, it's a must do. There's a large parking lot, but it fills up fast.

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Stepping into Porcelain Basin is like stepping into another world. The landscape is extremely desolate due to the high temperatures in the region. On the other hand algae and bacteria thrive in the heated pools creating all sorts of beautiful colors. Stop by the Museum to learn about the volcanic activities in the area. Features here include Porcelain Springs, Congress... More 

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Smyrna, Georgia
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

I prefer some of the other geyser/hot springs basin to this one. Here the overall perspective is desolation.

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

There are numerous thermal features in the Porcelain Basin and it is beautiful, but there are others that are more impressive.

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Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

My son and I stopped by Norris to do the Porcelain Basin area. Part of the boardwalk was closed last year for reconstruction. Lots of steaming and gurgling pools.

Thank Mosslady53
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This landscape seems from another planet. Has some of everything. From the steam letting vents to the spouting bubbling mud pots to the milky colors all blending together to make the most beautiful and striking images of a different planet in your mind. The walk on the board walk is always windy. We held the kids hands. We also seen... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

It is found in the Norris Geyser Basin, it offers several lookouts in different heights for panoramic views of the basin.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Set aside about 90 minutes to take the full walk around this site. Some awesome things to see and one word of warning. The wind can gust quickly without warning. I counted 11 hats in the basin so take your hat off or wear it backwards and tightly while you walk. If it comes off it cannot be retrieved. The... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

This is the hottest front country attraction in the park! Geysers impress everybody but the constant steam pressure from fumeroles here give vivid testimonial to the proximity of the molten lava just below! On a moody, snowy October day, my family walked through here to remind ourselves of the breadth of Yellowstone character beyond old faithful. Delicate little springs to... More 

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