This morning we will be doing some maintenance work and all three webcams at Old Faithful will be down temporarily. We anticipate the views will be restored this afternoon.
The other new view we have is of Officers' Row. We opted to highlight this view in Mammoth Hot Springs to showcase the history of Yellowstone National Park when the Army was stationed at Fort Yellowstone. When fall arrives and the leaves on the trees drop, the buildings with the infamous red roofs will be more visible. We expect that during the winter season, you will have a better view of the buildings and the amount of snow we are receiving at this location. As you can probably tell, this view shows visitors coming and going, and sometimes, elk and bison grazing or taking a nap. Hopefully the webcam won't catch people too close to the wildlife.
We also replaced older webcams that were on their last legs inside the fire lookout on Mount Washburn, with new ones that have better picture quality. The fire lookout employee will sometimes point these cameras in the direction of fires either in the park, or in the direction of smoke and fires that are outside the park. During winter, snow will sometimes pile up or stick to the windows, obstructing the view. There isn't much we can do about that as the lookout is inaccessible in the winter.
There are three webcams pointed at Old Faithful. The webcam inside the Old Faithful Visitor Center is a crisp view that we haven't changed. The streaming webcam that shows a live eruption of Old Faithful is still going strong, though every now and then we experience a glitch with it. When the Old Faithful is not erupting, NPS webcam volunteers pan the webcam to highlight different features in the geyser basin. They will always point the webcam at Old Faithful when it is erupting. The Upper Geyser Basin webcam captures a wide angle view of Old Faithful and some of the geyser basin. The view used to have Old Faithful centered in the middle, be we changed the view a bit to capture other views of the geyser basin.
The two webcams in the Albright Visitor Center that pointed toward the Parade Ground and Travertine Terraces separately, has been consolidated into one view because one webcam died. The webcam that displayed the temperature at Mammoth Hot Springs is no longer operating (its software pulled in a temperature reading from an Internet weather source). At this time, we do not have a means of displaying the temperature on the webcam because we do not have a weather station we can attach to the webcam. We know this was a nice feature enjoyed by many people; we apologize for this loss. This webcam, however, will need to be relocated because the Albright Visitor Center will be undergoing renovations this fall. We hope to find a new home for it and are considering different locations.
All of these enhancements were made possible thanks to the assistance of our IT staff and webcam donations from our park partner, the Yellowstone Association. The Digital Media Office thanks both for supporting our efforts. We hope you enjoy the views and are able to live vicariously through the webcams.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.