Observation Point

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Observation Point


  • Start of the Observation Point Trail.- Observation Point
  • Starting the climb.- Observation Point
  • The trail up the hill is beautiful.- Observation Point
  • There is a small loop at the top to reach Observation Point from either side.- Observation Point
  • Many people come up to this spot to watch Old Faithful erupt.- Observation Point
  • Waiting for Old Faithful.- Observation Point
  • The crowd waits patiently for Old Faithful.- Observation Point
  • An Old Faithful eruption as seen from Observation Point.- Observation Point
  • View from Observation Point.- Observation Point
  • The view from Observation Point.- Observation Point
  • The bridge over the Firehole River.- Observation Point
Overview + Weather
A different perspective of Old Faithful. Great views.
Steep in places. Busy.
Yellowstone, WY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,340.00 ft (2,237.23 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Wandering among the thermal features of the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is a must-do activity when visiting Yellowstone National Park. After exploring the basin, a short hike up to Observation Point gives a different perspective.

From the Old Faithful area, the footpath leads over a bridge to cross the Firehole River to Geyser Hill. Just after the bridge, take the signed trail to the right up the hill. Switchbacks and steps make the climb pretty easy up to the hillside clearing overlooking the whole geyser basin. Expect a good crowd up here around the time of an Old Faithful eruption. From up here the geyser dwarfs the people filling the viewing stands nearby and shows how large the geyser really is. Beautiful views of the entire Upper Geyser Basin and beyond are a great reward for this climb.

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