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Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

based on 19 reviews



0.69 miles

Elevation Gain

72 ft

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Added by Danny McGee

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. 

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Old Faithful Reviews

Okay..I'm giving it 3 stars because I was very underwhelmed by Old Faithful. Overall, Yellowstone is a staple National Park to check out and I encourage everyone to do so - but expect a large crowd at all times of the year and for the geysers to under impress just a bit. If you have limited time, I recommend finding other hikes and views if you're looking to be amazed! If you're looking for classic views, this is the spot for you :)

Old Faithful is a classic landmark within Yellowstone National Park where large crowds flock to the geyser before each eruption. It's really cool to see in person.

Super popular attraction, but so worth it! Hang around for a bit. Walk around the area. It's cool to see and if your legs are tired from hiking find a place to sit and people watch for a half hour with Old Faithful in the backround!

If you're in Yellowstone, you simply cannot miss seeing Old Faithful! The visitor center is also top notch, I would highly recommend stopping in there to help plan your stops in the park. Super busy, but that's to be expected. Loved it!

It's just one of those iconic spots you've got to see in Yellowstone! Very tall geyer and always right on time. There's a great visitor center and you can get up close to the base of the geyser, although there are substantial summertime crowds. I really enjoyed the area around Old Faithful - you can see fields with geysers throughout - truly feels like you're on another planet! However be wary of setting your expectations too high. Old Faithful was far from my favorite or most memorable feature seen in the park, but is certainly still worth seeing once!

Everyone should see this eruption at least once while completing a trip to Yellowstone.

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Upper Geyser Basin Old Faithful Observation Point Loop

Cross-Country Ski around Old Faithful, Yellowstone

Photograph the Elusive Beehive Geyser

Hike to Lone Star Geyser

Mystic Falls Loop

Hike above Grand Prismatic Spring

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