Volcanic Springs

Geysers, Hot Springs,
Mud Pots, and Fumaroles

Shoshone Geyser Basin of Yellowstone

With more than 80 geysers and numerous hot springs, Shoshone Basin is one of the most important geyser sites worldwide. In contrast to the very similar Upper Basin, where the thermal features are lined up along Firehole River, Shoshone Creek is occupied by smaller geysers. However, the setting is in near pristine state and gives an impression how other Yellowstone geyser basins may have looked like in the past. Unfortunately, it is only near pristine and not untouched, because even here vandals have caused damage to some important features, such as Union Geyser, Minute Man Geyser, or Little Bulger Geyser.

The best protection against mass tourism is provided by its remote location 13.5 km (8.5 miles) away from the next trailhead you can reach by motorized vehicles. Starting at Kepler Cascades it is a quite easy 3.5 hours hike to Shoshone Lake. As with all backcountry thermal areas, a visit of Shoshone Basin requires appropriate knowledge and skills to ensure your safety. This is also true for a possible encounter with wildlife, especially bears, bison, and moose (and clouds of mosquitoes in June and July). In general it is still possible to explore all thermal areas of the basin, but some paths or sections may be (temporarily?) closed by warning signs. If so, stick to it, of course.

Shoshone Geyser Basin, Minute Man Group and Shoshone Creek:

Shoshone Geyser Basin, Minute Man Group Yellowstone

Shoshone Geyser Basin

Virtual, descriptive tours through the single groups:


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