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Old Faithful Visitor Center

Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Recommended Season: Summer
Usage: Heaviest in July and August.

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General Description

Old Faithful Visitor Center, Located only 200 yards from Old Faithful Geyser, the Visitor Center is situated between the Old Faithful Inn and the Old Faithful Lodge with a wonderful view of one of the most recognizable features of Yellowstone. A 100-seat auditorium provides the setting for daily showings of Yellowstone Revealed, a 14-minute film that reveals newly discovered life forms and the associated benefits to society through new breathtaking footage of the park. Evening ranger-led programs are presented here during the summer and the winter seasons. The Yellowstone Association (A nonprofit that funds and provides educational products and services for Yellowstone National Park) sales outlet here provides the largest selection of their merchandise in the park.

Two adjacent buildings complete the visitor center complex. Both were built as satellite theaters, but are used today for a variety of purposes. One is a multipurpose building that is utilized as a Warming Hut in the winter. The other is occasionally used for presentations.

Backcountry Office & Clinic:
The combination ranger station, backcountry office, and clinic are located across the west parking lot from the visitor center. This facility also houses the office of the District Naturalist and the district library.

Call 307-545-2750 for more information.

Directions from Old Faithful Geyser: Travel directly across the street.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Early Aprilth through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Open 9am-5pm.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Viewing Interpretive Sites Old Faithful Visitor Center
ICON Attending Talks & Programs
ICON Viewing Scenery Wonderful view of Old Faithful.

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Fairy Falls Trail - Fairy Falls Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers an easy 5 to 7 mile hike depending on the trailhead chosen.

Fountain Paint Pot Trail - Fountain Paint Pot Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers an easy 0.5 loop.

Geyser Hill Loop Trail - Geyser Hill Loop Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers an easy 1.3 mile loop.

Lone Star Geyser Trail - Lone Star Geyser Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers an easy five mile roundtrip hike.

Mallard Lake Trail - Mallard Lake Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers a moderate 6.8 mile hike.

Midway Geyser Basin Trail - Midway Geyser Basin Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers an easy 0.5 mile hike.

Mystic Falls Trail - Mystic Falls Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers a moderate 2.4 mile roundtrip hike.

Observation Point Loop Trail - Observation Point Loop Trail, located near Old Faithful, offers a moderate 1.1 mile loop hike.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168 , Yellowstone, WY, 82190, Phone: 307-344-7381


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