Upper Geyser Basin - The Boardwalks at Old Faithful

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Upper Geyser Basin - The Boardwalks at Old Faithful is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

4.6 miles 261 feet Loop

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Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

walking
2 days ago

amazing!

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk around the board walk for geyser observation. We did the Viewpoint trail (rated easy) for great views of the Geyser basin. The Solitary Geyser on that trail was a bit disappointing (only erupts 1metre high) but the walk was nice.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Check with the Visitor Center for Beehive and Castle Geyser eruption predictions. We saw Beehive with a double rainbow.

walking
3 months ago

It's worth your time to walk this trail/boardwalk. I enjoyed the upclose look at some amazing thermal features...lots of boiling, spewing, and erupting right off the boardwalk. Lots of parking at Old Faithful Inn and trailhead is easy to find.

walking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Nice loop to see lots of geysers, a very active area. Tons of tourists in this area, but it is worth getting out on the trail to get some space!

3 months ago

Highly recommend doing more than just waiting for old faithful to "blow it's top" some pretty active geysers on this loop, many places to cut it short if you had enough on this very easy path

fishing
3 months ago

It's a great place to fish, hike, camp, and watch wildlife.

4 months ago

beautiful place!

4 months ago

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Could spend so much time admiring the hot springs! So beautiful and so unique! This basin has one of the most famous geysers (Old Faithful) and so many other geysers and hot springs to see! This trail is packed with so much to see! We saw a herd of buffalo hanging out off the trail as well!

walking
5 months ago

Very crowded. Beautiful view of the geysers though.

5 months ago

5 months ago

nature trips
9 months ago

Most popular geyser trail. Starts at the Old Faithful Lodge and makes a loop through the basin. Usually very crowded, and most geysers are blocked by railings. Nice trail to see geysers without having to do a hard hike. Better views of geysers on more secluded trails, but for those who want to experience geysers without a hard hike, this is the best bet.

hiking
11 months ago

It has been a few years but what I remember even more than the geothermal stuff were the huge animals. Some of the buffalo seemed like locomotives. I do remember that they write the time down that Old Faithful is expected to erupt but it is never right on time.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this hike as a youth and then a few years ago with boy scouts. Great hike which explains its heavy traffic.

hiking
1 year ago

We journeyed to one of the most interesting and busy areas in Yellowstone; full of government buildings (park service, research, etc.), several nice hotels, restaurants, and gift stores, and also MANY geothermal displays, including Old Faithful of course (we would see erupt four times during our trip, and the crowds vary based on the weather – we got a great shot of a bison behind the “Old Faithful” sign, looking like an advertisement), Grand Geyser (you are lucky if turbine starts to spin and the pool is full – we saw it erupt 3 full times in a row; the geyser is a great tribute to nature’s own plumbing systems – the pool fills, turbine geyser begins to spin, the geyser erupts 200 feet for a good 3 minutes and vent geyser shoots out too; if there is water still in the pool, Grand will go again and again – we were some of the few lucky ones who get to witness the spectacle, Anemone Geyser - the best way to learn about how a geyser works in less than 15 minutes – sounds like a toilet flushing when the water runs back into the hole, the Firehole River, Doublet Pool, Morning Glory pool (beautiful colors), Chromatic Pool, Castle Geyser, and Grotto Geyser (a constant rumbling and spewing/spitting stinky geyser). The whole basin area smells like rotting eggs and we toured it during a slight rain/sleet/snow shower. It’s also amazing what the hot water/acidic water does to grass (turns it white and kills it), trees (turns them into dead ghosts), and the ground (bacterial “maps” and patterns form in all directions). These are just a few of the notable geysers and pools along the ~3mi. loop at the Old Faithful Geyser Basin. We viewed the 15-minute video at the Old Faithful Visitor Center (a must-do activity). We also hiked up a 1mi. RT hike to Observation point for a bird’s eye view of the whole basin and hotels. The whole area is for exploring and highly recommended!

hiking
1 year ago

Mostly boardwalk/paved bike track that traverses thru the breathtaking geysers and steam vents but also has some spots for mild rock trail hiking if you'd like a higher vantage point to see the landscape

hiking
1 year ago

Yellowstone features over half the world's geysers - and many of them are along this Boardwalk. Very cool to watch the water boiling up out of the springs.