Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop

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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, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

4.5 miles
242 feet

kid friendly


nature trips


hot springs


no dogs

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

19 hours ago

Snowshoed out to Morning Glory in December and had the entire trail to ourselves, minus a few bison. One of the few times in the year when the area is empty, albeit -10 degrees.

1 day ago

If geothermal activity is what you are after, this is the most convenient hike there is in yellowstone. However, true hiking is more my preference (which is why I only give this 3 stars). We actually hiked cascade canyon in the Tetons the same day and it is no comparison (cascade wins in a landslide).

Probably wouldn't do it again, but the walk is easy.

22 days ago

I am only giving this 3 stars because there are much better trails at Yellowstone. However, if you really like geyers, this is probably the one for you. You will see a LOT of them. It is a very easy trail, heavily trafficked, and I guess geysers just aren't my thing.

1 month ago

Nice views from overlook point. Do this trail early to beat the crowds and have most of basin to yourself.

2 months ago

Nic trail and at highest elevation stay near trail area it seems open in areas where you can be tempered to wander a bit but beware as thermo features are not clearly marked off so danger danger of if wander

5 months ago

We were able to go in late October. It was a wonderful hike since we were about the only ones there!!! We saw lots of bison and such interesting and magnificent scenery!

6 months ago

I guess if you are going to show some out of town folks Old Faithful and want to call it a hike, this would be the route, but not really something I’d do again unless that was the exact goal. Hiking up to observation point started to feel like I was finally hiking but then by the time I got away from the crowds of people we began to descend into them again. Views of a bunch of tourists waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, and a river bridge, and a descent view overlooking the other side of the lodge. Good if it’s your first time in the park and just want to walk around.

7 months ago

Old Faithful is way too hyped up. Its predictably is about all that’s notable. Beyond that it’s jammed with bus upon bus of tourists who leaving thinking “that was it?”. My recommendation is to get away from the main events and hike to some waterfalls - Mystic, Fairy, Osprey. They are not difficult to get to and you’ll taste more of the ruggedness and beauty of Yellowstone.

8 months ago

Unbelievable sights!

8 months ago

Very Unique geological experience

9 months ago

Too many rv

9 months ago

Went in July 2016.

10 months ago


10 months ago

Enjoyed the walk... only failing was my own in not getting a walking guide to know more. Is there an app for information on the geyser walk?

11 months ago

A Yosemite tradition. Just do it. :)

11 months ago

Great way to watch the beautiful Old Faithful erupt. Much better than experiencing the event with all the people at the base.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Very neat set of geysers. Morning glory pool is my favorite one.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Very nice trail whit a lot pools and geyser

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Incredible. 9'ly 4 places on earth

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

If you'd like to enjoy Old Faithful's eruption, without the crowds, take the short hike to observation point.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easy trail but amazing things to see. We had it all to ourselves today.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A great trail to show the main features of what makes Yellowstone unique. My favorite geyser is Grand Geyser, so if the prediction is close, get over there. it is SO worth it

Friday, December 02, 2016


Saturday, November 05, 2016

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.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

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

Friday, September 02, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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

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