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Nine webcams—one live-streaming and eight static—provide views of the current conditions around the North Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs, Mount Washburn, the West Entrance, and the Upper Geyser Basin. Unfamiliar with the park? Check on the location map to see where each webcam is located.

 

Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin Live-stream Webcam

This live view is made possible by the Eyes on Yellowstone program funded by Canon USA, Inc. through a generous grant to Yellowstone Forever.

 
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Notes on Predictions:

- Predictions are not available when the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center is closed, typically early November through mid-December and mid-March through mid-April.

- The last prediction made will remain up until a new prediction is available.

 

Thanks to volunteers, this webcam provides a streaming view of Old Faithful Geyser and other happenings around the Upper Geyser Basin—one of the most unique and dynamic places on earth with about 500 active geysers.

 
 
Panoramic image from the top of the Old Faithful Inn showing the Upper Geyser Basin steaming below.
Guide for identifying features seen on the live-stream webcam.

NPS

 
A deep, blue and green hot spring.

Hydrothermal Features

Learn about hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles.

Silhouette of a geyser erupting and the underlying plumbing system.

Predict Old Faithful

Calculate your own prediction for Old Faithful's next eruption.

A dark blue hot spring with a white crested edge rimmed by orange water

Life in Extreme Heat

Hydrothermal features are habitats for microscopic organisms called thermophiles: "thermo" for heat, "phile" for lover.

 

Static Webcams

View current conditions at various locations around the park. Images from these webcams refresh roughly every 30 seconds.
 

North Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs

 
 
 
 

Mount Washburn

 
 
 

West Entrance

 
 
 

Upper Geyser Basin

 
 
 

Yellowstone Lake

 
 

Webcam Locations

Explore the map to discover the location of all the park's webcams, and learn a little bit more about the cameras.

 
 

Webcam Questions and Answers

Live-stream Webcam

The live-stream webcam is attached to the northeast flagpole on the top of the Old Faithful Inn.
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.
The streaming video camera at Old Faithful is a Canon VB-H41.
The webcam has been set to operate in color mode as long as possible, even into low light conditions. When there is still enough light in the camera's view, even at night, it will continue operating in color view. When the light drops too low, then the infrared cutoff filter automatically engages and the camera switches to black and white night mode.
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.
Park staff and volunteers control the camera.

Static Webcams

This occurs when the park loses FTP Internet access to upload a picture to our server. Sometime it's a webcam issue when it loses power from a power outage. Try clearing your browser's cache and press the reload (refresh) button. If that does not work, please come back to visit later. Please know that when this incident happens or any webcam goes down, we work quickly to resolve the issue.
Your browser didn't update the photo because it was not the active window. When you first come back to a webcam after being away, press the reload (refresh) button to see the latest image. That will get the ball rolling once again.
If you are getting a gray or black rectangle instead of a picture it could mean that you are not visiting during daylight hours. There are no artificial lights in front of the webcams.

Last updated: December 3, 2019

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