Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

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Containing nearly one quarter of all geysers in the world, Upper Geyser Basin is where you'll find the majority of the geysers in Yellowstone National Park. This small area, only 5 sq km (2 sq mi) in size, features spouting geysers, rainbow-colored hot springs, and steaming fumaroles. Discover the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful, which erupts regularly about every 45 to 90 minutes. The geyser spouts approximately 31 m (100 ft) into the air. In the same region, you can continue on to visit Morning Glory Pool, a 7 m (23 ft) deep funnel-shaped pool with beautiful coloring. With 410 geysers in the basin, there's no shortage of geological wonders to explore. Use our Yellowstone National Park vacation maker tool to arrange your visit to Upper Geyser Basin and other attractions in Yellowstone National Park.
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  • Before or after you watch Old Faithful geyser be sure to take a walk along the upper geyser basin boardwalk out to at least morning glory pool. We then took the concrete road back toward Old Faithful....  more
    Before or after you watch Old Faithful geyser be sure to take a walk along the upper geyser basin boardwalk out to at least morning glory pool. We then took the concrete road back toward Old Faithful....  more »
  • We went August 2021. It is a short hike out. It was really busy. We saw from both vantage points and I really liked seeing it from the elevation point. 
    We went August 2021. It is a short hike out. It was really busy. We saw from both vantage points and I really liked seeing it from the elevation point.  more »
  • Never seen anything like it...amazing. Of Old Faithful is the main attraction here but the number of geysers and thermal ponds in unbelievable. We were fortunate to see Beehive erupt as well as... 
    Never seen anything like it...amazing. Of Old Faithful is the main attraction here but the number of geysers and thermal ponds in unbelievable. We were fortunate to see Beehive erupt as well as...  more »
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  • We enjoyed our experience at Upper Geyser Basin over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. There are so many geysers within walking distance of Old Faithful. We were fortunate to observe both Grand Geyser and Old Faithful erupting during our short visit. The highlight for our group, however, was Morning Glory Pool. The moderate sized crowds did not negatively affect our ability to enjoy the geysers in any way. Parking at Upper Geyser Basin was more than adequate.
  • The most people we met after entering the park. In the gift shop, it’s very crowded, the score of tour experience was not high. But if you choose the trailhead, it will be much more comfortable.
  • If you love Yellowstone and geysers, this is a great place to experience both. A visit can last from a few hours to weeks and you will still see something new. Great place to see nature. Each season has its own charm. Winter is beautiful. Summer can be hot, but you can explore more easily.
  • A huge basin with vast no of small and medium geysers. Each geyser has its own speciality. Some has erruptions, some excrete colorful water, some are just deep and hot. It has small wooden trail in between to look at all geysers. A nice way to gain scientific knowledge. Just don't get close to geysers, it maybe harmful as there are various mineral and the surface is hot.
  • There’s a lot more than just “Old Faithful” at Upper Geyser basin, which is a good thing if you miss an eruption and don’t want to wait for the next one. That’s what happened to us. We parked our car JUST as an Old Faithful eruption occurred. We could see the water above the trees and knew we missed it. But there are SO many other awesome things to see at Upper Geyser Basin. Multiple “Visitor Center” type facilities aside, there are plenty of trails with smaller geysers and colorful bubbling pools. When I say “trails,” I don’t mean your typical dirt hiking trail either. Yellowstone has plenty of those too, but the trails around Upper Geyser Basin are either paved or on wooden platforms. Many (if not most) are even handicap accessible! Like many of the incredible attractions at Yellowstone, the geysers and bubbling pools at Upper Geyser Basin are beautifully otherworldly.

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