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Yellowstone National Park is home to more geysers than anywhere else in the world. These rare geothermal features are scattered throughout the park and need to be on your list of things to do in Yellowstone. Bring your camera and make sure you don't miss any of the best geysers in Yellowstone.
Old Faithful | Visit Big Sky
There are thousands of geothermal features in Yellowstone, but only a small percentage qualify as geysers. The rest are hot springs, pools, fumaroles, and mudpots. Both the named and unnamed geysers of Yellowstone are not only unique, but they are incredibly impressive.
A geyser erupts when water is heated by super hot magma from the Yellowstone volcano deep in the Earth. The hot water travels underground through cracks and fissures as it rises to the surface. As the pressure builds, it eventually reaches a point where it erupts and shoots boiling water high into the sky. This is a very basic description of how geysers work. To learn more about geysers in Yellowstone check out YellowstoneNationalPark.com.
The geysers in Yellowstone vary in size and in interval. Some erupt regularly and others may only erupt every few years. You can find out when the geysers in Yellowstone are most likely to erupt on Twitter, on the Geysers of Yellowstone App, or online at NPS.gov or GeyserTimes.org.
Located in Upper Geyser basin, the Riverside Geyser shoots boiling water across the Firehole River.
Named in 1870, Old Faithful is probably the most famous geyser in the world. It erupts roughly ever 60 to 110 minutes. An eruption can last 1.5 to 5 minutes, expelling 3,700-8,400 gallons off boiling water, and spraying water up to 184 feet in the air.
This fountain geyser is the tallest and most predictable geyser in the world. It goes off every 7 to 15 hours and eruptions last 9 to 12 minutes shooting water up to 200 feet in the air.
Located in the Norris Geyser Basin, the Steamboat Geyser is the world's tallest active geyser. It sprays water upwards of 300 feet into the air, but eruptions are unpredictable and infrequent.
Castle is the largest cone geyser in Yellowstone and the oldest in the basin. Currently it erupts ever 10 to 12 hours. Eruptions last about 20 minutes and spray up to 90 feet into the air.
Erupting twice per day, this cone geyser erupts for 4 to 5 minutes each time. It sprays a water column that reaches 130 to 190 feet.
Which geysers will you see when you're in Yellowstone? Bring your camera and enjoy watching these amazing geothermal features in action.
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