Upper Geyser Basin – home for the most famous geysers.

Upper Geyser Basin – home for the most famous geysers.

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Upper Geyser Basin

GPS Coordinates: N 44 27.635 W 110 49.846

The Upper Geyser Basin is Yellowstone’s largest geyser basin and it has the highest concentration of hot springs in the world. The basin occupies the territory of about 1 mi2. This basin is home for the famous Old Faithful Geyser as well as for other numerous geothermal features.

The whole day or even several can be spent here in exploration of this area, but please, follow general rules and regulations: never throw objects into geysers or pools, because this will cause damage of the features. Do not feed the animals and stay on specially designed walkways and boardwalks.

If you hike early in the morning or in the evening be aware of bears, they are most active in the morning and in the evening.

The Upper Geyser Basin contains several groups of hot springs, including over 150 geysers. Some of the geothermal features in the Upper Geyser Basin are active, and the park service indicates about the time of their eruption. Old Faithful is the most famous in the area, but there many other geysers and thermal features that are even more beautiful and spectacular: Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser, Daisy Geyser, Riverside Geyser, Grotto Geyser, Sawmill Geyser and more.

If you want to understand where the best place to start exploration is, we recommend visiting the Old Faithful Visitor Center. Here you will find the info about the time of the eruptions. Be sure to be on time and see this magnificent event.

Old Faithful is one of the most predictable geysers. It was discovered in 1870, because of its frequent eruptions, the geyser received the name “Old Faithful”. This geyser has erupted more than a million times since Yellowstone was proclaimed the world’s first national park in 1872.

Castle Geyser is a very powerful geyser. It erupts from one of the largest cones (30 ft) and the average interval between the eruptions is about 11-13 hours.

Riverside Geyser erupts over a river. It shoots water about 80 feet into the air. This geyser erupts about every 6 hours. Each eruption lasts about 20 min.

Morning Glory Pool is an example of human harmful influence. Once this pool was multicolored and beautiful, but people threw coins and trash in it, as a result the pool temperature was decreased and led to the death of the bacteria mats that surround the pool. Our team encourages you to follow the rules and regulations. Do not harm! Save nature for future generations!

Photo: Roman Khomlyak
Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska
Information: Marina Petrova

Pictures taken: 22.06.2016

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