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Upper Geyser Basin Trail

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Upper Geyser Basin Trail

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  • Castle Geyser erupting.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Castle Geyser.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Multi-use trail in Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Wildflowers and brightly colored pools.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Firehole River in Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • The Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • The Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Firehole River.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Morning Glory Pool.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Thermal spring in Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Daisy Geyser erupting.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Upper Geyser Basin multi-use trail.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Giant Geyser.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Twin springs in Upper Geyser Basin.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Lion Geyser with Heart Spring in the foreground.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Lion Geyser and Heart Spring.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
  • Thermal streams flowing into the Firehole River.- Upper Geyser Basin Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Spectacular concentration of thermal features. Easy, accessible trails.
Cons: 
Can be crowded in places.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
7,340 ft (2,237 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
50 ft (15 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Light snow starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
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Sat

Light snow (< 1 in.) in the morning and evening.
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26°

Sun

Light snow in the morning.
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25°

Mon

Foggy in the morning.
47°F
22°

Tue

Partly cloudy in the evening.
55°F
29°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
61°F
31°

Thu

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
64°F
34°
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With an outstanding collection of geysers, hot springs, and other thermal features, including the world-famous Old Faithful geyser, the Upper Geyser Basin is on every Yellowstone National Park visitor’s must-see list. The flat and easy loop up to the Morning Glory Pool and back will highlight many of the best features of this area.

The best place to park is at the Old Faithful Inn parking lot, which is the first left turn after taking the Old Faithful exit from the main park road. This parking area is right next to the paved trail up to Morning Glory Pool. Along this easy multi-use path are Castle Geyser, Daisy Geyser, and Riverside Geyser—all fairly predictable geysers in the basin. Download the GeyserTimes phone app for up-to-the-minute geyser eruption times and predictions. At the end of the paved path is the famous Morning Glory Pool, now somewhat faded in color because of the hundreds of pounds of foreign items like coins and rocks that visitors throw into the pool every year. It is still magnificent.

Heading back toward the visitor center, a left turn at Grotto Geyser leads to the boardwalk path along the east side of the Firehole River and many more pools and geysers. Grand Geyser is pretty spectacular and predictable (about every six hours), and Lion Geyser is gorgeous for photos with the Heart Spring in the foreground. Beehive Geyser is spectacular and erupts about once per day. Old Faithful can be seen from much of the basin and is always a crowd-pleaser and very predictable in its eruptions (about every 90 minutes). While here, be sure to check out the Observation Point Trail and visit the historic Old Faithful Inn to watch Old Faithful erupt from the second-floor deck.

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