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Observation Point Trail

Water and steam erupt out of a geyser while people watch.

Switchbacks lead up the hill 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to a commanding view of the Upper Geyser Basin. Return the same way.

Safety notes: Carry water and pace yourself going up the hill.

Trailheads: From the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, walk about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) counter-clockwise along the Old Faithful boardwalk, turn right at the Geyser Hill sign, and continue down the path. The trailhead is just after the bridge crossing the Firehole River.

This is a 1.6-mile (2.6-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead. Add 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to the hike by continuing west to Solitary Geyser—a frequent erupter—then down to the Geyser Hill boardwalk and back to the trailhead.
Moderate hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the western part of the park, with the trailhead located on the north side of the bridge crossed the Firehole River between Old Faithful Geyser and Geyser Hill.
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Yellowstone National Park

Framed by conifer trees, a geyser erupts steam into the air with people standing on a circular boardwalk watching.
Old Faithful Geyser eruption seen from Observation Point

NPS/Jim Peaco

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Last updated: June 27, 2018