The other day I shared some of the amazing hot springs within Yellowstone National Park, and the vibrant colors they display. Today I wanted to share a bit about the geysers at Yellowstone. Yellowstone has more geysers than anywhere else in the world. Here, the geysers are preserved and protected for future generations to enjoy, and enjoy them people do. I’m not going to lie, Old Faithful is the most well-known geyser in the park, and is crowded most of the day, but there are many other geysers to see scattered throughout this over 2 million acre park. Finding them all is half the fun of visiting.
I’ll start the virtual tour with some shots of Old Faithful. Besides being the most popular geyser in the park, it is also one of the most reliable and frequently erupting. It erupts every 60-120 minutes on average.
The Lower and Midway Geyser Basins have several different geysers you can view. The Jewel Geyser seems to erupt fairly regularly and is pretty neat to watch. Your best bet for seeing a geyser erupt in these areas is to just settle in and keep a close watch, as there are no official prediction times for most geysers found here.
Upper Geyser Basin is where Old Faithful is located, and is the largest collection of geysers in the park. There is a very nice boardwalk that travels throughout the basin, and allows you to get a close look at each geyser, there are also many hot springs located here too. One of my favorite geysers here is the Castle Geyser. Although we never did get to see it go off, it still looks pretty cool even when it’s not erupting.
There are a few well-known geysers at the West Thumb Geyser Basin, including the fishing cone geyser that was underwater due to rising levels of Yellowstone Lake when we visited.
While the locations listed above are not the only places in Yellowstone National Park to see geysers, they are some of the most popular. To see a full list of where you might find geysers, check out a Yellowstone Park Map.
Have you ever been to Yellowstone? What was your favorite geyser?