The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center features exhibits on Yellowstone’s hydrothermal features (geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles), life in these extreme environments, the volcano beneath Yellowstone, and ongoing scientific research in one of the greatest living laboratories on earth.
Children of all ages will enjoy the Young Scientist exhibit room, which includes a geyser model, hands-on exhibits, and a gathering space for classes and other organized groups. Evening ranger-led programs are presented during the summer and the winter seasons.
The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center was built to minimize its impact on the natural surroundings and is a LEED certified building.
Located across the west parking lot are a combination ranger station, backcountry office, and clinic. This facility also houses the office of the district naturalist and the district library.
Additional Old Faithful Area Information
Accessibility in the Old Faithful Area
Learn about the accessibility options in and around the Old Faithful area.
Old Faithful Day Hikes
Hydrothermal features abound in the Upper Geyser Basin, and many trails in the area lead to some quieter views.
Tour Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin.
Become a Junior Ranger
This is a great way to experience Yellowstone National Park for you and your family.
Explore as a Young Scientist
Solve science mysteries by combining investigation in both visitor center and field settings.
Participate in a Ranger Program
Join a park ranger to further your understanding about this special place.
Watch Old Faithful erupt or see the Upper Geyser Basin, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone Lake, and some of the park entrances.
Old Faithful Skiing & Snowshoeing
Discover skiing and snowshoeing opportunities around the Old Faithful area.
Old Faithful Area Knowledge
Current Geyser Activity
Get the latest geyser eruption predictions.
Predict Old Faithful
Calculate your own prediction for Old Faithful's next eruption.
Old Faithful Historic District
The district is historically significant because of its rustic architecture and its role in early development of visitor accommodations.
Step inside a visitor center and explore the exhibits and interpretive offerings, or talk to a ranger.
Last updated: July 6, 2021