The Porcelain Geyser Basin shares the same trailhead as the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. We didn’t even know about it when we visited, and happened upon it by chance! We did the entire Norris trail loop, and saw a trail branching off with a sign reading Porcelain Geyser Loop, so we decided to go for it as well. We were sure glad we did because the scenery and colors on this particular trail were really stunning, (plus how can you resist when you’re already standing at the trailhead)!
The Porcelain Geyser Basin alone is 2.4 miles, and Norris Geyser Basin is an additional 4 miles. Depending on how many miles of boardwalk you’re up for in a day, should determine how many geyser areas you’ll want to see. I would definitely keep in mind that during the summer months, it’s incredibly hot with sulfur steam wafting around. I was totally wiped at the end of our first day of geyser sight seeing, mainly due to the hot conditions rather than mileage or elevation!
The colors are other-worldly on some of these pools, and you may find yourself considering what it must be like on Mars at points throughout day, (or maybe that’s just the heat again)!
Most of the pools along this trail are the color of the sea in varying shades. Lest you think about swimming, the constant steam coming off the water makes it clear the temperature is just under boiling! But seriously, you will be hot, so book some time into your day to swim at one of the fresh water rivers or in Yellowstone Lake!
I really enjoyed this extra trail on our geyser tour, it was relatively short considering how many stunning geysers there were to see, and we’re always up for more adventure!