Old Faithful Geyser Live-streaming Webcam
Where is the webcam located?
The streaming webcam is attached to a lodgepole pine tree near the Haynes Photo Shop at Old Faithful.
The Old Faithful Geyser live-streaming webcam page is one of the most popular web pages in the National Park Service, so when the webcam goes down, rest assured that we are doing our best to troubleshoot and fix it. Outages are generally caused by problems with the infrastructure supporting the feed (e.g. Internet service, power). Service technicians dispatched to resolve issues have to drive a long way to diagnose and correct the problem, and this can take some time, especially during winter.
Why is the lens dirty and why don't you clean it?
Wind catches the over-spray from Old Faithful during an eruption and coats the dome housing for the camera with water, silica and dirt. Cleaning the dome on a regular basis in the winter isn't always possible due to freezing temperatures. In the spring, summer and fall, we do our best to clean the lens with available staff.
What is causing the camera image to shake or sway from time to time? It looks choppy.
The camera is mounted to a lodgepole pine tree. Wind causes the tree to sway back and forth. This movement is most noticeable when the camera is zoomed in to capture a distant image.
Why don’t you have a label that pops up to tell us the name of the geyser we’re watching?
That functionality is not available on this webcam.
This webcam is HD, but our bandwidth capacity on the available T1 line restricts us to using a resolution of 960x540 at 15 frames per second.
What kind of camera are you using?
The streaming video camera at Old Faithful is a CanonVB-H41, which is connected to a T1 line via a router.
Why do I sometimes get an image that is almost all grey with very little detail?
There are a couple possibilities here. On many winter days the steam from the geysers is held near the surface causing a foggy condition that can block the view of the camera completely at times. Sometimes there is a snow storm that makes everything white or grey.
Who is controlling the camera?
Park staff and volunteers control the camera.
Are there plans to make the camera controls available to the general public?
There are no plans to make the camera controls available to the general public.
Are you planning to install other live streaming video webcams around the park?
Not at this time.