Upper Geyser Basin

Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin

Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful are all but synonymous in the minds of most people.  This world famous geyser was first named in 1870, during the Washburn Expedition to the future park.  Camping nearby, members of the expedition took note of the geysers regular (and relatively short) eruptive intervals...and gave it its now famous moniker.  While certainly a spectacular spectacle to behold, Old Faithful is but one of literally hundreds of geothermal features located within the two square-mile Upper Geyser Basin.  In this tiny section of the park are located over 250 geysers, hot springs, and fumeroles...accounting for around half of all such features found at Yellowstone National Park!  In fact, the basins geysers account for a quarter which exist WORLDWIDE!!

Needless to say Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin should be at or near the top of anyone's list who visits Yellowstone National Park.  Though its eruptive intervals have changed over the years, Old Faithful still puts on a show with predictive regularity...with eruptions occurring every 45-90 minutes depending on the duration of the preceding event (shorter duration eruptions mean a shorter interval between eruptions, and vice-versa).  In this album you'll be treated to seeing the eruption of Old Faithful which we were able to enjoy, as well as a quick 1.5-mile lollipop style loop around the collection of geothermal features which populate nearby Geyser Hill, just north across the Firehole River.  Though it's just a small sampling of the wonders contained within the Upper Geyser Basin, I think you'll find this short tour to be wondrous none-the-less...as always, I hope you ENJOY!!

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.458123, -110.825543

Location:  Upper Geyser Basin

Hike Length:  1.5 miles

Hike Duration:  1:30

Elevation:  7,350'

Over 250 geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles are located within the Upper Geyser Basin!!


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