Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone National Park

I just spent a bout a half hour Googling Yellowstone things to figure out where this was.  There’s so many geyser basins, it gets confusing.  And, I’m not always great at this whole writing thing, so I don’t write this kind of stuff down.  Maybe I’ll work on that.  This is the Black Sand Basin and I thought it smelled like mac and cheese, which I love.


There isn’t a whole lot to say about this stop.  It has a few hot springs and maybe a geyser or two.  The river also runs through this area, which I really liked.  I really enjoyed how most of the river looked here.


While there wasn’t a ton to see here, it was still really cool.  I got some of my favorite pictures of Yellowstone here.  The two right above this included.  It wasn’t too busy here, but it could have been the weather, too.  The cloudy skies from the Upper Geyser Basin finally opened up and started sprinkling on us, which wasn’t too bad.  The pictures looked good with the clouds.


Helpful things:

  • Like usual here, stay on the boardwalk.  You don’t want to fall through the ground and get boiled up.
  • 30-45 minutes is probably good for here.  It’s a pretty small area, and a little less busy than other stops.
  • Stop here for a break from the big crowds of Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring.


Have you been to Yellowstone?  Did you see the Black Sand Basin?  What did you think of it?  What was your favorite thing there?

2 thoughts on “Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone National Park

  1. Great extra stop! I’m the same, where I always last minute google where to find things in an panic haha. I think this stop looks pretty cool though and the fact it’s less touristy makes it a bit more special. Great photos!

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