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Norris Junction, Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Wyoming 82190
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Porcelain Basin Boardwalk


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Norris is more than a junction of roads. It is an intersection of faults. Hebgen Lake Fault, Norris-Mammoth Corridor and Yellowstone Caldera all meet at Norris Junction. So what's there to see? Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and most dynamic thermal area in Yellowstone. Artists Paint Pots is the best place to hear mud pots gurgle and plop. Gibbon Falls plunges 84 feet (26 m) over the caldera rim. Roaring Mountain emits a continuous hiss; fumaroles are responsible for that. And while the human history of Norris is nowhere near as significant as its geological record, the log building at Norris Campground merits mention all the same. Built in 1908, the Museum of the National Park Ranger once served as a soldier station.
Getting There
Norris Junction is located on the Grand Loop Road between Mammoth and Madison. Norris Junction is 21 miles (34 km) south of Mammoth Hot Springs, 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Madison and 12 miles (19 km) west of Canyon. The roadways to Norris Junction are open to wheeled vehicles from mid-April through October and oversnow vehicles from mid-December to early March.
Getting Around
The trails in Norris vary in length and grade and not all boardwalks are easy rambles. Steep stairs and uneven ground make the improved paths and wooden walkways in this area ill suited for wheelchairs and strollers. Ranger-led programs are offered at Norris Geyser Basin and Norris Campground. Plan your visit to coincide with one or more. NB: Check the ranger station for trail closings before you set out. Turnouts and scenic overlooks offer an opportunity to take in the view and watch wildlife from the road. Be sure to pull your vehicle off the roadway when parking roadside.
Things to Keep in Mind
Norris Campground is the only facility in the area. There are no concessions and no hotels at Norris Junction. There nearest services are in Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful and West Yellowstone. Junior ranger booklets are available for purchase ranger at stations throughout the park. Madison Ranger Station is the nearest. A fishing permit is required for all Yellowstone anglers. Permits are required for backcountry camping.
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