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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  • First go to the visitors center and see when the various geysers are predicted to go off. Plan your viewing from there. Riverside, Daisy and Grand are long walks but worth it.  more »
  • If you have the time, it's definitely worth it to stroll through the Upper Geyser Basin. The colors are magnificent, and you definitely lose a lot of the crowd hanging around Old Faithful.  more »
  • So many geysers and great walkways for getting around and seeing the geysers. They go off intermittently.  more »
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  • After viewing Old Faithful we headed off to the Upper Geyser Basin that is just behind the area. There are many geothermal event areas and lots of variety of pools and geysers. The boardwalk makes it an easy stroll between areas. You can get a map for a $1 donation so you can plan your route. We were lucky enough to catch Old Faithful in a second viewing from the boardwalk from behind the area as we were walking on the path back. It was a great non crowded area and perfect viewing from above.
  • The Upper Geyser Basin is home to Old Faithful Geyser and Old Faithful Inn, Morning Glory Pool, Beauty Pool, Crested Pool, Castle Geyser and many other water features geysers and vents. The Firehole River also flows through this Basin. Old Faithful Inn is there. It dates back to 1904. Right off the back is a viewing area for the Geyser and there is also a second story viewing deck. A boardwalk trail begins at Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts roughly every 90 minutes now. This boardwalk is flat and even so walking along it is relatively easy. It is wide enough to accommodate wheeled rides, and bike rentals are available. The Firehole River flows along this basin between the water features. The geysers mentioned above are along the boardwalk on the way out to Morning Glory Pool. The distance is roughly 1.5 miles. Wear good walking shoes and sunscreen is the sun is quite bright.
  • Great walk about the basin. Definitely worth and the walkway makes it very easy. Personally I liked the Castle Geyser the most. Maybe even more that the Old Faithfull
  • You can practically see all colors of rainbow in the prism. Do not walk off the marked pavements though!
  • The area includes a number of pools and Geysers (including Old Faithful) unique in the world, able to excite you for feeling (Visual, olfactory) can offer you. To visit it properly considered at least 3 hours of time (take water and sunscreen).
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