View Excelsior Geyser Crater Pictures From The Midway Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park

by Adam on October 25, 2010

A Picture Of The Beautiful Blue Excelsior Geyser Crater In The Midway Geyser Basin At Yellowstone National Park

A Picture Of The Beautiful Blue Excelsior Geyser Crater In The Midway Geyser Basin At Yellowstone National Park

Excelsior Geyser Crater is the result of what used to be an active geyser that would erupt to heights of up to 300 feet, making it one of the largest geysers in the world at that time.  Currently Excelsior Crater discharges up to 4,500 gallons of water per minute and maintains a temperature of about 199 degrees.  Major eruptions ended in 1890.  Between September 14-16 1985 Excelsior erupted for about 45 hours straight when heights of up to 75 feet were seen.  In the 2000’s there were were some violent boiling spurts that reached heights of up to 50 feet.  Chances are now you will only see a big steaming crater.

Huge Amount of Steam Drifting Up From Excelsior Geyser Crater In The Midway Geyser Basin At Yellowstone National Park

Huge Amount of Steam Drifting Up From Excelsior Geyser Crater In The Midway Geyser Basin At Yellowstone National Park

The water in Excelsior Crater is a beautiful blue color and is often obscured by steam depending on which way the wind is blowing while you walk by the crater.  Like Grand Prismatic Spring, Excelsior Geyser Crater is HUGE and is can be difficult to get a good photo of the entire crater.  While you are in the Midway Geyser Basin be sure to walk the entire boardwalk loop to see other awesome sights including Turquoise Pool and Grand Prismatic Spring both of which are easily seen and photographed from the boardwalk.

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