Old Faithful Accessibility

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Crowds of people walking on a path leading to a geyser
Wheelchair-accessible walkways lead from parking areas and the Visitor Education Center to Old Faithful Geyser.

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

 

Facilities

Wheelchair Rental

Wheelchairs can be rented at the Old Faithful medical clinic for a $300 deposit and $10 per day. Manual wheelchairs are available for loan at all lodging facilities and the visitor center while in the area.

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Designated parking near entrance of visitor center. Accessible exhibits, including interactive displays with audio components, and open-captioned films. Evening programs are accessible. Others are noted in the schedule.

Medical Clinic

Accessible Wheelchairs can be rented for $15 per day with a $300 deposit.

Post Office

Accessible. Designated accessible parking near entrance.

Backcountry Office & Backcountry Site

  • Office: Located at Old Faithful District Ranger Station. Accessible.
  • Goose Lake Backcountry Campsite (05D): The site is located between Madison and Old Faithful, is 1.5 miles from the Fountain Freight Road trailhead. The campsite is held for people with disabilities, or for people traveling by bicycle until 4 pm each day. After 4 pm, the campsite is released to be booked by the general public. The trail is a hard-packed, dirt, bike path. The campsite is one-quarter mile in from the main trail; wheelchair users may require assistance on the trail to the campsite and within the campsite. Call 307- 344-2160 for more details.

Food Service

  • Old Faithful Inn Dining Room: Designated accessible parking in front and rear of building. Accessible restrooms. Dining room is accessible.
  • Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli: Designated accessible parking in front and rear of building. Accessible restrooms.
  • Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria & Bake Shop: Designated accessible parking in front of building. Accessible restrooms. Cafeteria and snack bar are accessible.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Obsidian Dining Room: Designated accessible parking in front of building. Accessible restrooms and dining.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Geyer Grill: Designated accessible parking in front. Accessible.

Stores

  • Old Faithiful Visitor Education Center: Yellowstone Forever Park Store (See above)
  • Old Faithful Gas and Service Station - Lower: Staffed seasonally during daylight hours and have call buttons at the pumps.
  • Old Faithful Gas and Service Station - Upper: Staffed Seasonally during daylight hours and have call buttons at the pumps.
  • Old Faithful General Store - Lower: Accessible.
  • Old Faithful General Store - Upper: Accessible.
  • Old Faithful Lodge Gift Shop: Designated accessible parking in front. Accessible.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Gift Shop: Designated accessible parking in front. Accessible
  • Yellowstone Art & Photography Center: Accessible.

Lodging

  • Old Faithful Inn: Designated accessible parking in front and rear. Accessible restrooms and shower. Family restrooms on first floor. Eight accessible rooms.
  • Old Faithful Lodge and Cabins: Designated accessible parking in front. Accessible restrooms and cafeteria. Two accessible cabins. Family restroom in lobby. Accessible shower house.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge: Designated accessible parking in front. Accessible restrooms, dining room, and Geyser Grill. Five accessible rooms and one accessible cabin.

Picnic Areas

  • East Lot: Accessible table.
  • Whiskey Flat (north of Biscuit Basin): Accessible table.

Learning About the Area

Films & Exhibits

The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, has accessible exhibits, including tactile displays with audio components, and open-captioned films.

Ranger-led Programs

The schedule is in the park newspaper, in the online calendar, and posted around the area. Evening programs are accessible; others as noted in the schedule.

What to See

Geyser Basins

  • Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin: Accessible walkways lead from all parking areas to Old Faithful Geyser, and from the visitor center to other hydrothermal features. The paved path is also accessible from the Old Faithful Inn to the Lower General Store, and across the road into the geyser basin.
  • Black Sand Basin: One mile (1.6 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. A few steep sections on the boardwalk.
  • Biscuit Basin: Three miles (5 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. Trail has an accessible overlook at Wall Pool.
  • Midway Geyser Basin (Grand Prismatic Spring): 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. Accessible parking, boardwalk, and restrooms.
  • Grand Prismatic Overlook at Fairy Falls Trailhead: Fountain Freight Road leads to steep uphill path to overlook. The running slope at the beginning of the trail is 14%, with grades up to 19%, and cross slopes up to 10%. Not accessible at this time.

Fountain Paint Pot & Firehole Lake Drive

  • Fountain Paint Pot: Nine miles (14.5 km) north of Old Faithful. Designated-accessible parking, but there is no curb cut at the first space. The first part of the trail is wheelchair accessible and perfectly level. It is easily accessible to Silex Spring. Other areas of the boardwalk have steep portions and stairs. Check the map in the Fountain Paint Pot Trail Guide.
  • Firehole Lake Drive: Eight miles (12.6 km) north of the Old Faithful intersection on the main road. Boardwalks are accessible; no restrooms.

Winter at Old Faithful

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Accessible exhibits, including interactive displays with audio components, and open-captioned films. Evening programs are accessible. Others are noted in the schedule.

Medical Clinic

Emergency: Dial 911. Not open in winter.

Warming Huts

None of the warming huts are accessible at this time. The lobby of the Canyon Visitor Education Center is open during the winter and is accessible and has accessible restrooms.

Food Service

  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Obsidian Dining Room: Accessible restrooms and dining.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Geyer Grill: Accessible.

Stores

  • Old Faithiful Visitor Education Center: Yellowstone Forever Park Store (See above).
  • Old Faithful Gas and Service Station - Lower: Not staffed in winter, however gas is available.
  • Old Faithful Gas and Service Station - Upper: Not staffed in winter, however gas is available.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge Gift Shop & Bear Den Ski Shop: Accessible.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Accessible restrooms, Obsidian Dining Room, Geyser Grill, gift shop, and Bear Den Ski Shop. Five accessible rooms and one accessible cabin.

Upper Geyser Basin Boardwalk

Upper Geyser Basin Boardwalk conditions vary in the winter from clear in warm areas, to hard packed snow. Inquire at the visitor center for open areas of boardwalk.

Groomed Ski Trails

  • An easy, flat, groomed road that parallels the oversnow travel road begins just outside the front entrance of the Snow Lodge. Inquire at the Bear Den Ski Shop located inside the Old Faithful Snow Lodge Gift Shop for trail conditions.
  • The Black Sand Basin Ski Trail is a groomed 4 mile (6.4 km) round trip, easiest trail that takes you from the Upper Geyser Basin to Black Sand Basin.
  • The Lone Star Geyser Ski Trail is a 9 mile (14.4) round-trip, easy, machine-groomed trail that takes skiers along the Firehole River to Lone Star Geyser.
 

Last updated: December 11, 2018

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