The Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is not the only geyser in the park. There are many. Old Faithful isn’t even the largest geyser or most active geyser. But it is the most active of the large geysers. It is also the first geyser within the park to be named. This cone geyser was named during the Washburn Expedition in 1870.
According to the national park website, the average interval between the Old Faithful geyser eruptions is 60 to 110 minutes. It erupts for 1 1/2 to 5 minutes at a height of 106 to 184 feet.
Each eruption expels between 3,700 – 8,400 gallons of boiling water.
It doesn’t look like it, but those benches that are provided for visitors of the park to sit while they wait for Old Faithful to erupt are 300 feet away from the geyser.
It may be debatable as to where to find the best seat to enjoy the view of the erupting geyser. I’d encourage visitors to skip the seating near the geyser and sit back a bit further. The few benches outside the Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria provided what I thought was the perfect vantage point for the show and according to our bench mates, the added distance provided a better view of the entire geyser.
Here’s a short video that shows the Old Faithful geyser eruption. It doesn’t show the entire eruption, but I think you’ll get the picture.
More than three million people visit Yellowstone National Park each year to see the geyser and other natural attractions that offer spectacular views.
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