Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin Live-stream Webcam
This live view is made possible by the Eyes on Yellowstone program funded by Canon USA, Inc. through a generous grant to Yellowstone Forever.
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Notes on Predictions:
– Predictions are not available when the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center is closed, typically early November through mid-December and mid-March through mid-April.
– The last prediction made will remain up until a new prediction is available.
Thanks to volunteers, this webcam provides a streaming view of Old Faithful Geyser and other happenings around the Upper Geyser Basin—one of the most unique and dynamic places on earth with about 500 active geysers.
Learn about hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles.
Predict Old Faithful
Calculate your own prediction for Old Faithful’s next eruption.
Life in Extreme Heat
Hydrothermal features are habitats for microscopic organisms called thermophiles: “thermo” for heat, “phile” for lover.
Static WebcamsView current conditions at various locations around the park. Images from these webcams refresh roughly every 30 seconds.
This webcam is on the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana. It shows current conditions at the entrance with Roosevelt Arch in the background.
Morning views from this webcam are spectacular, especially during the winter when the morning sun touches Electric Peak.
Yellowstone is a place of change, and this view highlights a place where change is constant and evident—the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. Terraces form when water rises through limestone, which then allows the water to carry high amounts of dissolved calcium carbonate. At the surface, carbon dioxide is released and the calcium carbonate is deposited, forming travertine, the chalky white rock of the terraces.
Construction currently occurring at the fire tower. Construction equipment may occasionally be visible.
Old Faithful, named by members of the 1870 Washburn Expedition, was once called “Eternity’s Timepiece” because of the regularity of its eruptions. Despite the myth, this geyser has never erupted at exact hourly intervals, nor is it the largest or most regular geyser in Yellowstone. It does, however, erupt more frequently than any other of the large geysers.
The camera view is south-southeast over Yellowstone Lake from the cell phone tower near Fishing Bridge. Stevenson Island is visible within the lake on the right. The view extends down the Southeast Arm between the Promontory (low ridge rising from the lake) and the eastern shore. Above the shore, the acid-bleached Brimstone Basin remains white even when the snows have melted. The Absaroka Mountains in the background are composed of approximately 50-million-year old volcanic rocks that long precede the current volcanic activity at Yellowstone, which started about 2.2 million years ago.View Webcam
Webcam Questions and Answers
The live-stream webcam is attached to the northeast flagpole on the top of the Old Faithful Inn.
That functionality is not available on this webcam.
This webcam is HD, but our bandwidth capacity on the available T1 line restricts us to using a resolution of 960×540 at 15 frames per second.
The streaming video camera at Old Faithful is a Canon VB-H41.
The webcam has been set to operate in color mode as long as possible, even into low light conditions. When there is still enough light in the camera’s view, even at night, it will continue operating in color view. When the light drops too low, then the infrared cutoff filter automatically engages and the camera switches to black and white night mode.
There are a couple possibilities here. On many winter days the steam from the geysers is held near the surface causing a foggy condition that can block the view of the camera completely at times. Sometimes there is a snow storm that makes everything white or grey.
Park staff and volunteers control the camera.
Not at this time.
This occurs when the park loses FTP Internet access to upload a picture to our server. Sometime it’s a webcam issue when it loses power from a power outage. Try clearing your browser’s cache and press the reload (refresh) button. If that does not work, please come back to visit later. Please know that when this incident happens or any webcam goes down, we work quickly to resolve the issue.
Your browser didn’t update the photo because it was not the active window. When you first come back to a webcam after being away, press the reload (refresh) button to see the latest image. That will get the ball rolling once again.
If you are getting a gray or black rectangle instead of a picture it could mean that you are not visiting during daylight hours. There are no artificial lights in front of the webcams.
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Last updated: October 26, 2020