Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

hot springs

paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A must-do on all outdoor enthusiasts lists, the Yellowstone Geysers are a treat to see. Though kid friendly, please remember that geysers can be dangerous.

hiking
23 minutes ago

A lot is open. South Gate from Tetons is open. A lot of trails are open...more than this app shows. Not a lot of people there so great time to go!!!

hiking
15 days ago

some of the best natural features in the continental US. highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Visited 10/19... was amazing to witness old faithful and the geysers were beautiful. However.... sooooooo many disrespectful people. Witnessed way too many people throw their trash on the ground, and cigarette butts wherever. Obviously this isn’t the parks fault, but seeing this made me super annoyed Anyways, I wouldn’t consider it a “hike” but it was a super easy and relaxed walk!

walking
6 months ago

So amazing! One of the coolest places I've ever been! Easy to walk here and a never ending adventure walking through the geysers that go off at different times of the day.

hiking
8 months ago

Witnessed Beehive & Riverside, as well as the popular Old Fainthful geyser & a couple others in action! Unique experience, incredible, amazing Earth! Must see! Forget the crowd & live the moment!

hiking
8 months ago

Incredible. It is not a hike and very crowded (particularly around the old faithful) but seeing the geysers in action was definitely one of the most wonderful things i've seen in my life. Ignore the tourists and enjoy the unique scenery. The old faithful is very nice in action but DO NOT MISS the Grand geyser (activated every 6-7h) it was just jaw dropping....

Great fun Yellowstone.

hiking
8 months ago

Very cool view of Old Faithful. Super easy.

hiking
8 months ago

Besides Old Faithfull, there is a whole host of geysers and hot springs along that trail that are just amazing. If you do no other trail in this park, do this one. We did not do the Observation Point section but we did hike past Morning Glory Pool to Artemisia Geyser and the Cascade Group. It was like being on another planet (or maybe Fraggle Rock)!

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty interesting to see all the geysers and hot springs. I’m no scientist but seeing all that was pretty interesting, very very easy walk along deck planks, did this early in the morning with temperatures around 28 degrees, the steam coming from the ground made for some great pictures, worth doing if you are there

hiking
9 months ago

Upper Basin was a mixed review.... the geysers and hot springs were quite enjoyable as something you don’t see everyday. However, the dirt trail wasn’t much of anything. The map provided at the visitor center is terrible, as it pertains to the trails. We ran into a Ranger on the trail and asked for assistance in branching off to other trails and he struggled to understand the map. Unfortunately, the route he suggested to the falls has had grizzly bear activity for the last week, so we opted out. Dirt trails would rate 1 1/2 and the boardwalk area around the geysers and hot springs 5 rating for the visual of the strange activity.

hiking
9 months ago

I've done the whole loop and just the upper loop. I like crossing the river/bridge on the upper loop, makes for a pretty area. Check expected geyser times, if the ones in the lower loop aren't likely to go off, you can skip the lower loop if you're in a hurry or have young kids like me that tire out.

hiking
9 months ago

geysers large and small plus other geothermal wonders dot the trail. did this at sunset after a rainy day... MAGICAL colors and lighting. One of the times I wish the evening wouldn't end. Highlight of the park along with Grand Prismatic Spring

hiking
10 months ago

This was a wonderful way to experience the beautiful geothermal features of the park without feeling rushed. So many sights to see. We veered off the loop for a bit but we’re able to see the Punch Bowl Spring which I highly recommend. After heading back on the path we made it to the Morning Glory Pool which was amazing. Old Faithful was great to see, but I enjoyed the colorful pools and springs much more!

hiking
10 months ago

Unique

hiking
10 months ago

Old faithful itself is actually pretty underwhelming. The trails in the back however are cool! There’s a path that climbs up and gets you some elevation to see old faithful from a different level and then brings you back to a smaller geyser that gives off small eruptions (4ft tall) every 5-7 minutes!

nature trips
no shade
10 months ago

The ultimate area for geysers, fumeroles, and other thermal features. This trail can be split into different sections. Mostly boardwalk and pavement.

hiking
10 months ago

We observed Old Faithful erupt from behind on this trail with just a few others. The trail itself is pretty easy, and the geothermal features are awesome. Morning Glory at the very end was the coolest one we thought, well worth going to. A solid way to spend a couple of hours in Yellowstone.

hiking
10 months ago

Go Yellowstone go

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

It’s extremely crowded, but it is very impressive to see all the geysers and hot springs. Would be doing Yellowstone wrong if you don’t stop by for a bit.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Took more photos then I know what to do with. I really enjoyed this trail, and if you look hard enough you can see moose tracks in the bacterial mats. Crowds can be a pain though.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Yellowstone’s star attraction. Relatively flat boardwalk trail with the worlds greatest concentration of phenomenal geysers. Must see in your lifetime.

hiking
11 months ago

Boardwalks and paved trails. Took the loop and got to see many different geysers and hot springs, many are named and labeled. We got to see a couple of smaller geysers blow and old faithful but not castle geyser nor the great geyser. This hike/walk could definitely be 10 stars if you research the geysers times before starting.

hiking
11 months ago

Most people know of Old Faithful, but the pools and geysers surrounding the "main attraction" are just as amazing. This 5.5-mile route feels like much less, because you're walking on boardwalks and pavement, with plenty of stops to ogle colorful pools and gushing geysers. Something is always erupting! We went in June before the crowds got really heavy, and the farther you get from Old Faithful the thinner the crowds get. This was our first taste of Yellowstone, and it really lived up to the hype!

Easy trail to hike. You get lost in the amazing scenery.

hiking
11 months ago

It wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be, which was a plus. We got to the Lodge parking around 8:30am and had no issues, and ate breakfast there (reasonably priced food). Saw Old Faithful erupt and then took the loop. We were able to see the Grand Geyser erupt as well, which is indeed better than Old Faithful, just far less reliable. Really enjoyed this and echo the previous reviewer that I now have a ton of pictures that I don't know what to do with.

hiking
Mon Apr 29 2019

came April 29th and there were hardly any people here at 10am.

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