Biscuit Basin Interpretive Trail

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Biscuit Basin Interpretive Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips


bird watching

hot springs



wild flowers


no dogs

This interpretive trail has geysers, mud pots, hot springs and local wildlife, plus it connects to the following hiking trails: Mystic Falls Fairy Creek Summit Lake Three miles (5 km) north of Old Faithful is Biscuit Basin, named for the unusual biscuit-like deposits that used to surround Sapphire Pool. Following the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake, Sapphire erupted, and the "biscuits" were blown away; it last erupted in 1991. Sapphire remains one of the most beautiful blue pools in the park. Mustard Spring provides a bright color contrast, and Jewel Geyser adds excitement as it erupts every 7-10 minutes.

1 month ago

Nice views of some springs and geyser. Definitely checkout Sapphire Geyser.

2 months ago

Very easy.

3 months ago

If you want to see the Grand Prismatic from a higher elevation, then take this hike. It is not too difficult. Kid friendly. A cool view for pictures of The Grand Prismatic. It does get crowded. I recommend doing it either early morning or in the evening after 4 or 5 pm.

Awesome hot pools to see with great color quality.

3 months ago

We played in the falls for about an hour and had a great time

Nice to see the gyser region, beautiful views. We managed to get away from tourists as much as possible due to some detours. No 5 rating as the long flat sections got a bit boring

4 months ago

A little bit crowded but very beautiful. There were geysers and hot spring that went off very often. You can also go to Mystic Falls through this path (very highly recommend). The whole thing was boarded and park rangers were very helpful.

4 months ago

worth the short walk around

5 months ago

We used this loop to connect up with Mystic Falls trail and it was fun. The Geyser went off so my kids really loved that

6 months ago

Really easy! Some days it has a better view of the colors than Grand Prismatic Spring, just due to the steam- according to a park ranger!

Fri Oct 19 2018

A short boardwalk, not really a hike, but fantastic anyway! A must-see.

Tue Oct 02 2018

Amazing, as is all of Yellowstone.

Sat Jun 30 2018

how could you review this any less than 5 stars? I could envision having to hike 5 miles and this being the reward at the end. It is outstanding and unique. i ended up doing the loop trail to the falls after this and both were great.

Tue Dec 26 2017

So cool!!!

Thu Oct 12 2017

Very geysers and springs. Great colors and my kids loved it!

Tue Sep 05 2017

Great trail. Easy. Love the different Geysers

Thu Aug 17 2017

Absolutely easy with beautiful geological sites.

Fri Jul 28 2017

Beautiful geologic features and super easy. Very much worth the time.

Tue Jul 04 2017

If you want to stop every 5 seconds for people to be taking selfies with geysers, this is your hike. If you want to miss the crowds, perhaps try another geyser basin. Bridges were narrow at times and several people stopped abruptly to take pictures. Very nerve-wracking considering you don't want to fall of the trail! Sapphire was pretty.

Fri Jun 23 2017

Very crowded trail but one of my favorite geothermal areas. This can also be extended with a Falls hike that is a little less trafficked.

Wed Jun 14 2017

Nice and easy trail

Sun Jul 17 2016

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Could spend so much time admiring the hot springs! So beautiful and so unique! One of my favorite hot springs is in this basin (Sapphire Pool)!

Tue Jul 05 2016

Beautiful & very crowded. Have to check out if you're visiting Yellowstone though.

Fri Jul 03 2015

Don't miss Sapphire pool for anything!

Wed Feb 04 2015

Beautiful loop. The Sapphire Pool is the highlight here.

Tue Jul 15 2014

Short loop trail with some cool thermal features.

Sat Jun 07 2014

There are some really neat sights on this short walk. The hot springs are incredible.

Tue Oct 09 2012

This is mostly a walk, not a hike but it is one that is very lovely. The walk is flat and very easy. Good for everybody and there is lots of parking available.

Thu Aug 23 2012

This was quick and easy, lots of opportunity to see some good thermal features. Nice and easy.

Sun Sep 21 2003

Quick walk with some interesting thermal features. Finding a parking spot wasn't easy

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