Yellowstone’s Geyser Country Day 1 – Old Faithful and friends

Approaching Geyser Country
Approaching Geyser Country
Our last two days in Yellowstone were spent exploring Geyser Country, the area south of Madison Junction to Old Faithful. If you thought the sights I have already shown you were spectacular – well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

On the first day, we drove to the southern end – Upper Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful and about 180 other geysers, plus a variety of hot springs. The first port of call should always be the Visitor Centre where you can pick up predicted times of eruption. Although not the biggest (up to 180 feet) or the most predictable geyser in the park, Old Faithful is the most frequent – every 90 minutes or so. We observed it twice – the first time, just after we arrived, from the boardwalk.

The second time, we climbed Observation Hill behind the geyser to look down on it and I think this was better. The first picture below shows the crowds patiently waiting, and how nondescript Old Faithful looks before spouting.

However, Upper Geyser Basin has so much more to it than Old Faithful. We watched our first eruption at 1030 and didn’t leave till 1600. There’s the park architecture to start with – lots of modern stuff which you can see above, but also Old Faithful Inn (1903) and Old Faithful Lodge (1928) which are still in service.

Most of the geysers and springs, such as this one, the name of which I can’t remember, line the Firehole River:

Firehole River at Upper Geyser Basin
Firehole River at Upper Geyser Basin
And there were so many! Once again, I’m struggling to cut down to a reasonable number of pictures.

Giant Geyser
Giant Geyser

Blue Star Spring
Blue Star Spring

Anemone Geyser
Anemone Geyser

Crested Pool
Crested Pool

Belgian Pool
Belgian Pool

Chromatic Pool
Chromatic Pool

Morning Glory Pool
Morning Glory Pool

Daisy Geyser
Daisy Geyser
Daisy Geyser (above) wasn’t as big as Old Faithful but it was a bit off the main path and very few other people were there when it erupted so we probably enjoyed it more. The gallery below shows Grotto Geyser, another favourite, in various stages of agitation. It teased by spouting water from different orifices in turn followed by a finale of spurting everywhere! We thought that was more entertaining than Old Faithful shooting straight up in the air.

Do we look exhausted?

Maybe not yet, but after 5 and a half hours we were certainly footsore. However, we stopped off at two smaller basins on the way back. First, Black Sand Basin.

Then Biscuit Basin.

By this time, we really were exhausted. However, the next day we were back to complete our tour of Geyser Country – and saw what I think was the most beautiful sight of our whole trip.

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60 thoughts on “Yellowstone’s Geyser Country Day 1 – Old Faithful and friends

  1. jazzfeathers January 1, 2017 / 19:25

    Absolutely fantastic! I think geysers are one of those things you only understand whan you experience it. So I’m very grateful that you share your journey and your photos but I’m sure that I can’t even start to understand what that experience truly is.
    I hope one day I’ll be able to visit Yellowstone myself 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh January 1, 2017 / 20:19

      Yes, eve seeing some of these places with my own eyes I find them hard to believe!

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  2. inesephoto December 10, 2016 / 23:10

    Majestic! And the colors are stunning. Enjoyed your post!

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  3. Peta Kaplan December 10, 2016 / 04:32

    Oh my… these photos are actually unbelievable!! I had to look at these scenes for quite some time. Just amazing sights. Wow. I can only begin to imagine how that might look actually being right there. The intense colors of the pools and the huge jets of steam are just fantastic. Thanks for sharing this amazing place.
    Peta

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    • Anabel Marsh December 10, 2016 / 08:07

      Thank you Peta – it really is an amazing place. I can still hardly believe it when I look at the pictures, even though I was there!

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  4. dconnollyislandgmailcom December 10, 2016 / 01:51

    I had been looking forward to this post, Anabel. Once again, you did not disappoint. I love the photos and your descriptions. Makes my feet start itching again!
    I look forward to hearing more about the Grand Prismatic Spring!

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  5. K H December 9, 2016 / 23:22

    Yellowstone and its beauty. Most beautiful!

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    • Anabel Marsh December 10, 2016 / 08:01

      I know! It blew us away. (Not literally, thankfully – we didn’t get that close to the vents!)

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  6. BeckyB December 9, 2016 / 18:22

    Wow!!! I just love the colours of all the pools, and I’m with you I’d be spending more time with the other geysers too.

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  7. Marcia Strykowski December 8, 2016 / 21:29

    That is a lot of geysers, some quite beautiful. Must have been amazing to witness in person!

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