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Observation Point Loop Snowshoe Trail

A geyser in the middle of a snowy field erupts steam and water high into the air.

The Observation Point Loop Snowshoe Trail is a 2.0 mile (3.2 km) snowshoe only trail that treats visitors to unobstructed views of the Upper Geyser Basin and the Firehole River.The trail begins at the Visitor Center and follows the Geyser Hill trail across the Firehole River. Once on the other side of the Firehole River, look for a high wooden sign on a post to point the way to the top. The trail switchbacks to Observation Point. The trail descends down the other side of the point to Geyser Hill Trail and back to the Visitor Center passing Solitary Geyser along the way.

Notes: CAUTION: Snowshoes recommended. Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals. Stay on boardwalks and designated ski trails. The ground is unstable in hydrothermal areas.

Check out theĀ ski trail details and accessibility informationĀ at the bottom of this page.

The duration will vary depending on skier fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
More difficult
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trail begins at the Visitor Center and follows the Geyser Hill trail across the Firehole River.
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Accessibility Information

This snowshoe trail follows switchbacks up and down the trail. The trail elevation gain/loss is 160 feet. Service dogs allowed.

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Old Faithful Geyser erupting steam and water high into the air on a snowy day.
Old Faithful Geyser eruption seen after a snowshoe hike up to Observation Point.

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Last updated: February 14, 2020