You don't have to travel all the way to Iceland to find water as blue as Gatorade. The Big Sky Country is full of surprises and there's an endless amount of nature to explore right in your backyard. Montana hiking trails take you to some of the most spectacular places - like this endlessly deep blue geyser.

Whether you're a local or just planning out your summer bucket list, this is definitely a must-see spot.

To get to West Thumb Geyser Basin, you'll need to take an easy half mile boardwalk trail. The best part of all is it's free to enter.

Since the path is flat the whole way, it's good for explorers of all skill levels.

Due to the sensitivity of the natural environment, dogs are not allowed here.

All along the pathway, you'll see miniature mud volcanoes called 'Thumb Pots' and colorful streams flowing down to the edge of Yellowstone Lake. 

The thumb pots are constantly gurgling and shooting up mud. It's quite the show!

It is recommended to visit during the summer when the weather is warmest. Since the park is temporarily closed, you'll have to wait a while anyways.

When you reach the main pool, you'll get your reward. Take a look down. 

The water is bright turquoise and the bottom looks like it has no end in sight. It's no wonder this pool is nicknamed "The Abyss."

You'll stand along a winding wooden bridge overlooking it all. It's the perfect spot to take selfies and snapshots of the natural wonder.

Since it's partially submerged by the Yellowstone Lake, you'll also get to see an incredible backdrop for all the geysers, geothermal pools, and springs.

Here's a pro tip. You'll also be only an hour's drive away from one of Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring.

It's the third largest hot spring in the world. You won't believe all of the incredible rainbow colors. 

Everywhere you look, nature will reward you. All in all, this is the perfect adventure for adventure-craving explorers.

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Price: Free

Location: Yellowstone National Park, WY 

Why You Should Go: You can take an easy trail to explore an infinitely deep blue geyser from up close.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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