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Black Sand Basin

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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  • Black Sand Basin.- Black Sand Basin
  • Cliff Geyser.- Black Sand Basin
  • Black Sand Basin.- Black Sand Basin
  • Emerald Pool.- Black Sand Basin
  • Black Sand Basin.- Black Sand Basin
  • Opalescent Pool at Black Sand Basin.- Black Sand Basin
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Near Old Faithful area. Nice thermal features.
Cons: 
Minor thermal area compared to others.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Geologically significant, Other
Other point of interest: 
Hot springs and geysers
Dogs allowed: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Partly cloudy overnight.
60°F
27°

Thu

Snow (3–6 in.) throughout the day.
36°F
21°

Fri

Snow (1–3 in.) in the morning and evening and breezy starting in the afternoon.
28°F
20°

Sat

Snow (2–4 in.) until afternoon, starting again in the evening, and breezy throughout the day.
40°F
28°

Sun

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
43°F
27°

Mon

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
50°F
23°

Tue

Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
49°F
25°
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Black Sand Basin is a smaller geyser basin just across the road from the Old Faithful area in Yellowstone National Park. It has a short boardwalk and a handful of thermal pools and small geysers. The setting is beautiful, as with all the Yellowstone thermal areas. Black Sand derives its name from the volcanic glass sand that permeates the area and contrasts with the white and soft-colored mineral deposits.

The Cliff Geyser is small, but it erupts nearly continuously from its perch near a stream. The Emerald Pool is spectacular, with its green water and yellow border. As in other geyser areas, the dead trees add a starkly beautiful element to the landscape, as does the continuous steam escaping from vents in ground. This is a lower-priority thermal area to see, but for those with time, it is worth the short stop.

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