OLD FAITHFUL

LOCATION: Northwest Wyoming
HIKE STARTS: Old Faithful
HIKE ENDS: Old Faithful
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1.3 Miles
HIKE TYPE: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TRAILS USED: Geyser Hill Loop Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Heavy
TRIP TYPE: Day Hike

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Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168
Visitor Information – 307-344-7381

HIGHLIGHTS: Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world. Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet’s total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world’s largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.

An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet. The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of the last 130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures and sites associated with various periods of park administration and visitor facilities development.

If you’ve seen the park in the summer and always wondered what it was like during the winter, then consider a snowmobile trip into Yellowstone. In the winter, Elk and other animals come down into the valley to avoid the deep snows. For this reason it’s is an excellent time to view the wildlife. The geyser at Old Faithful is also super heated and is a much more dramatic display during the colder months. We entered the park from the northwestern corner, but there’s a number of outfitters at various locations that will rent you a snowmobile for the day. Allow for the entire day to ride to Old Faithful and back.

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