Old Faithful Geyser
No trip to Yellowstone is complete without a viewing of this geyser! The most famous of Yellowstone's geothermal features, Old Faithful Geyser, is a rather ordinary geyser with an extremely fortunate name and extraordinary regularity. This most popular attraction by the Firehole River in Upper Geyser Basin, it draws millions of visitors from around the world every year. Old Faithful Geyser is surrounded by a modern and historic village of lodging, eateries, souvenir shops, book stores, a visitor education center, police and medical facilities, employee housing, and parking lots. It draws smothering crowds of visitors in both winter and summer. At its busiest, there are more people in Old Faithful Village than in most cities in the state of Wyoming. We recommend not visiting this area around lunch time!
Upper Geyser Basin
Upper Geyser Basin has a spectacular array of other geothermal features as well. If you have the time, you can easily spend a day in this basin exploring the wonders of geothermal activity. You will find geysers taller than Old Faithful that should be famous in their own right, but they just aren't as frequent or predictable. Grand Geyser is the tallest predictable geyser in the world but Grand's eruptions are much less frequent than its famous neighbor. Beehive Geyser is just across the river from Old Faithful but you may need to be there at midnight to catch it. Before heading in to the basin, be sure to stop into the Visitor Education Center for an exhibit on how geysers work as well as to jot down geyser prediction times.
Old Faitfhul Inn
Opened in 1904, the historic Old Faithful Inn is also worth a visit and free tours of it are offered throughout each day. Be sure to walk up to the top floor and peer down, walk down one of the halls, and step out onto the porch for a great view. A short stroll through this large "log cabin" reveals why it hosts the most requested lodging in the park! Dinner reservations are taken months in advance. For those wanting to enjoy the dining room, you might consider stopping in for breakfast - no reservations required.
Visiting Old Faithful Village
We recommend visiting Old Faithful Village in the morning or evening as many travelers arrive here for lunch. If you do arrive at lunchtime, consider visiting the eateries when Old Faithful Geyser is predicted to erupt! After it plays, there won't be an empty table in the village. When visiting the village, be careful while driving and observe the traffic laws. The wildlife (bison, elk, coyotes, marmots, moose, ground squirrels, and the like) are not cognizant of the rules of the road. Seemingly, neither are many of the pedestrians and motorists! This is a crowded and congested area containing the only overpass on the park's road system. It is easy to become distracted and lose your way. So, just remember you need to drive back through the overpass to leave the village.