Old Faithful Geyser Tours
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Named for its frequent and predictable eruptions, Old Faithful Geyser is the gold standard of geysers and the star attraction of Yellowstone National Park. The steaming, multicolored pool puts on a show every 60 to 120 minutes, when it shoots boiling water up to 180 feet (55 meters) into the air.
Most tours of Yellowstone National Park stop by Old Faithful to see one of the geyser’s spectacular eruptions. Day trips to Yellowstone can last up to 13 hours and typically leave from Jackson or Jackson Hole, and visit Old Faithful along with park highlights such as Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Small-group tours offer a personalized experience, while self-guided tours are also available if you want to explore the park at your own pace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Old Faithful is a must-see for nature lovers and first-time visitors to Yellowstone National Park.
- You can find predicted eruption times in the adjacent visitor center.
- The geyser-viewing area is one of Yellowstone’s most accessible destinations, with bench seating, a large parking lot, and a ranger station.
How to Get There
Old Faithful is located in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin, in the southwest section of the park. The geyser is roughly a 50-minute drive from West Yellowstone, and 80 minutes from Mammoth Hot Springs and the park’s southern entrance.
When to Get There
You can visit Old Faithful from May to October, although summer is the most popular time. To beat the crowds, consider visiting in the early morning or in the moments just before dusk. If the eruption schedule aligns with sunrise, be sure to set an alarm so you can watch Old Faithful spout water at dawn.
Yellowstone’s Hot Springs and Geysers
There are more geysers in Yellowstone than any other place in the world. To visit the park’s geysers, enter through the West Entrance and continue to Madison, the jumping-off point for geyser basins to the north and south. The Lower Geyser Basin, which includes Fountain Paint Pot, and the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful, are both to the south. The Mammoth Hot Springs and Steamboat geysers are in the Norris Geyser Basin to the north.
Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Old Faithful Geyser
This 1/2 day tour focuses on the unique geysers, wildlife, mud pots, hot springs, and other hydrothermal features of Yellowstone National Park. All of our tours are led by an experienced, knowledgeable, and local guide that has an education in biology, ecology, or natural science. We will explore the most thermally active areas of Yellowstone to see erupting geysers, colorful hot springs, bubbling mud pots, search for rare wildlife along the way! We will cap the day with a mild hike to a secluded alpine lake. On this tour we are guaranteed to check off big items and more off of your Yellowstone bucket list such as: The Grand Prismatic Hot Spring which is the largest and most beautiful hot spring in North America, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, Bison Herds, and rare wildlife. Along the way your guide will be with you to tell your group about the parks biology, geology, history, and answer all of your questions! We will stop for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way!
Our private tours are led by experienced, knowledgeable, and local guides. During our day we will make our way through Yellowstone National Park stopping at all of the most famous sites. As well as some of the lesser known locations to see colorful hot springs, geysers, and wildlife! We will view Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Falls, Artist Paint Pots, the Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake, and stop for wildlife viewing. If wildlife is far away we will them with provided high powered spotting scopes and binoculars! We will have several group discussions about the parks biology, history, and geology as we make our way through the park. Our small sized tours allow us to go off the beaten path and take short cuts to save time. A delicious picnic style lunch from a local deli is provided along with bottled water, sparkling waters, and sodas. We can take a few optional short hikes along the way to a scenic lake, waterfall, or spring!
Our private tours are lead by qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, and local guides. We can fully customize your tours to meet your desires and expectations. Our smaller sized tours allow us to beat the crowds by going to off the beaten path locations and utilizing entryways that only experienced guides know about so your group can view more wildlife and see more erupting geysers. A gourmet picnic style lunch from a local deli is provided along with sparkling waters, soda, and drinks.
This PRIVATE tour is uniquely designed to keep us outside as much as possible so we minimize our time spent in the car. Most tours inside Yellowstone require several hours of driving in between stops but NOT this one! This tour will focus on the west side/ Old faithful area of the park to view as many geysers, hot springs, animals, and waterfalls as possible. This area contains the highest concentration of hot springs and geysers out of any place in the world. It also happens to contain a healthy population of rare wildlife found no where else in the continuous United States such as: bison, grizzly bears,and wolves. We will go on a series of mild to moderate walks/ hikes/ boardwalks through out the day to view this breath taking landscape that brings rare geology and ecology together! We will stop midday to enjoy a peaceful lunch at a quiet and scenic location within Yellowstone National Park. The provided lunch comes from a local deli in Big Sky, MT.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Old Faithful Geyser?
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