This cone geyser is an icon of Yellowstone National Park. The team who discovered Old Faithful described it as “the perfect geyser.” Though not the tallest or largest in the park, the geyser is one of the most popular for its beauty, size, and regularity of eruptions--almost every 91 minutes, hence its name. Watch the explosion of boiling water reach a height of 32 to 56 m (106 to 185 ft) for around 1.5 to 5 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take photos. The cafeteria in the nearby lodge boasts great views if you want to watch the show over a sandwich. They also do take-out. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Faithful by using our Yellowstone National Park trip planning app.
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It was fun to finally see this. We waited about 30 minutes with several hundred others. This was in October and the largest crowd we had encountered. It was fun to see. more »
Old Faithful was amazing! Although it was very cold, we watched Old Faithful erupt on schedule! The walkways around the other geysers were also very nice. Amazing place! more »
Old Faithful has been on my bucket list for decades. We were literally at the park's southwest entrance gate three years ago in mid-September 2017, when the park gates all closed just as we arrived... more »
This was the best thing I have ever seen in my life. It is amazing. It’s amazing what God has made and the true wonder this is. I saw the eruption happen I recorded it but am not available to post it yet but will do. Sunday the predictions we got was off a little. Was a lot of people and was a free day for entry. The area has bench’s to sit and wait. Was worth the wait despite the off predictions. They have programs which are very educational and informative. I would definitely recommend going there to see it. One thing I have to say the parking is a problem so do go early and no hurry there is a lot of geysers to see. I have a video of the eruption but not able to post it.
Huge parking lot makes you think the area will be jam-packed but it's actually very spacious. Restaurant, store, restrooms to visit while you wait for the next eruption. Plenty of seating not only on the boardwalk but also behind it in the shade if you don't mind sitting close to the ground. Dogs are allowed in that area and was happy to find so many people brought theirs along.
Old Faithful is incredible AND yet not as neat as some of the other geysers. It's a geyser so it's inherently amazing because geysers are amazing. But! The nearby geysers will put on a show for you if you're patient. (Grand, Beehive, and Daisy all were spectacular). Make sure to read the signs and listen for some experts discussing the geyser activity. We met an incredible couple who have been coming for decades and shared with us some pearls of wisdom. (Waves on Grand!)
We arrived at 9:50 am and learned they expected Old Faithful to erupt at 10:41. After walking around for a short time, we decided to have a seat and take in the excitement. Old Faithful did not disappoint! After experiencing Mother Nature at her finest, we walked around and checked out the other geysers. Beautiful weather and beautiful scenery.
We first went to the old faithful inn, which is a building with old but gold design. Beautiful interior and the balcony was awesome too. We could see the old faithful geyser from there but it was a bit far. So we decided to go down. There was a swarm of people around the geyser, all ready with their cameras. And then, in ten minutes, the magic began. There was bubbling, and then the geyser erupted. It went so high in the air, must be about 20ft or so. It was an awesome sight, a real natural wonder.
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