Sublime Colors and Clarity – Visitors who use time in their day to visit the jewel-like “painted pots” — mineral pools and hot springs – in the Upper Geyser Basin, will not be disappointed. The colors of these features are absolutely sublime, and the clarity and translucency of the water is remarkable. You’ll be amazed at how close you can get to these beautiful pools, and how rich their colors of turquoise and cobalt blue play off of the white mineral buildup surrounding the water.
Guests should remember that the “Big Five” geysers are predictable. The Visitor Centers do a great job in providing schedules of their eruptions; however, these geological features are dynamic and constantly changing, so visitors are encouraged to add a 30 minute window on either side of the scheduled time to ensure an eruption.
If you want to see as may geysers as possible, allow yourself more than one day of touring in the area, and plan just a few visits around the scheduled eruptions. This will allow you to visit the other extraordinary features around the boardwalk.
Bring your camera, and prepare yourself for the iconic pictures for which the Great American West is known. The sunsets at Yellowstone bring out the earth’s colors in their truest form, and you’ll be surprised how vibrant everything looks against the orange-reddish sky.