Want an adventure that will make you realize just how alive this earth truly is? Hiking through the Old Faithful Area in Yellowstone National Park will do the trick. Numerous trails wind through the the area, past hot spring pools, geysers, and thermal vents. The crystal clear blue water and explosions of steam that happen at regular intervals is surreal, and undeniably beautiful.

Starting at the Old Faithful Lodge, which is a sight to see in itself, several trails start out heading away the actual Old Faithful geyser. You can take either one as they form a loop so you will eventually end up back where you started. It is a combination of dirt trails and wooden walkways that crisscross and zigzag throughout the different areas.

There are numerous thermal pools and geysers that go off at regular intervals. Signs posted lead you in the direction of whichever spring you choose. By each spring there are signs that provide names and information.

Some notable things that I wouldn't miss are the Morning Glory Spring (pictured above), Old Faithful itself (obviously) and the Beehive Geyser.

There is so much to see you could easily spend an entire day exploring the area.

Make sure to stay on the marked paths so you do not disturb the environment. 

Pack List

  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Hot Springs
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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How can you not

Did you really go to Yellowstone if you didn't go to Old Faithful? Switch it up by going at sunrise, or sunset, but definitely don't skip it

Go for sunrise

Park regulars who were camped near us recommending getting the Old Faithful for sunrise. Made for a really early morning as we had to drive from the opposite side of the park, but so glad we heeded the advice. While Old Faithful is usually surrounded by crowds, we witnessed the world's most famous geyser in relative solitude. The light at sunrise made from some great pictures as well.

It's Not Yellowstone Without Old Faithful

Old Faithful is a must if you are going to Yellowstone NP. Perfect day trip for the family. Easy drive from West Yellowstone.


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