The Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is probably the most famous geyser in the world! What I never knew before traveling there, is there is an entire network of boardwalk trails running in a loop (of sorts) all through this area which is called the Upper Geyser Basin. It’s a small area with the highest concentration of geysers in the world! They range in color, size, and shape making this hike truly memorable.
The Old Faithful Geyser area is super busy because it’s so popular, however even that being said, I wouldn’t want to miss it. I would start as early as you can to avoid the crowds, but do wait until the sun is up, because it makes for much better pictures.
We started at Old Faithful Geyser, and watched it erupt before moving on into the network of boardwalk. We took some of the side trails as well that branched off into the woods, and they were definitely worth it. There was one trail that gained a bit of elevation through the trees that ended in a really neat geyser that erupts every 3 minutes, which is nice because most of them are highly unpredictable, and you might not see too many of them erupt.
One of the things we enjoyed most about this area, is the diversity of types and colors of the geysers. Every where you turn, you marvel at this wonder of the world!
This is a picture of the geyser I mentioned that erupts every 3 minutes. Another plus to visiting this geyser or any of the side trails, is you’ll likely have the area to yourself because not too many people stray from the boardwalk!
Some of the geysers are so large, you’ll find them difficult to capture in 1 image!
When you start at the visitor’s center, the Morning Glory Pool (pictured above) is 2.5 miles one way. You can also start from the Biscuit Basin, but after hiking all of the Old Faithful boardwalk and the Biscuit Basin, I would recommend just starting at the Old Faithful visitor’s center and hiking all of it. You can easily spend a whole day in this area because every few steps you’re going to want to stop to stare in wonder at the beauty of the geysers!