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Black Sand Basin

Sunset Lake in the Black Sand Basin of Yellowstone.

Black Sand Basin lies within the boundaries of Upper Geyser Basin. The boardwalk passes Cliff Geyser, Sunset Lake, Emerald Pool, and Green Spring.

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Waypoints

WaypointLatitudeLongitudeDescription
Opalescent Pool-110.853286385753444.46313973066165
Cliff Geyser-110.853967816241444.46225745455937
Green Spring-110.85405320417644.4616920556737
Emerald Pool-110.855184143251144.46103058953946
Rainbow Pool-110.854674360218144.46244496557978
Sunset Lake-110.854689583228644.4628179784687

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Trip Report: July 12, 2011

Black Basin is part of Upper Geyser Basin.

The following information was taken from the Old Faithful Area Trail Guide, which is available at the Old Faithful visitor center.

You can walk to Black Sand Basin from Daisy Geyser or drive one mile (1.6 km) northwest of Old Faithful along the main road. Named for sand derived from black volcanic glass (obsidian), this basin features some of the most splendid hot springs in Yellowstone. You will find Emerald Pool, Rainbow Pool, and Sunset Lake here. Sunset Lake is actually a geyser, but its eruptions are infrequent and seldom noticed because of the heavy steam over the water. Watch for Cliff Geyser on the edge of Iron Spring Creek. It erupts every few minutes, sometimes to 40 feet (12 m).

Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone
Black Sand Basin in Yellowstone