Castle Geyser Tours

In 1870, when members of the Washburn Expedition happened upon this Yellowstone geyser, they noted that the shape and structure of the crater resembled a castle’s tower. Since then, much of that stoic tower has gradually dissolved and eroded, although a 90‐foot-high (27-meter-high) column of boiling water still erupts with regular frequency.

The Basics
On average, Castle Geyser has an eruption cycle in the vicinity of 10 to 12 hours, and eruptions will last for 20 minutes before the water changes to steam. Compared to nearby Old Faithful, however, predicting the timing of Castle Geyser can be more difficult. As one of the highlights of Upper Geyser Basin, Castle Geyser often features in guided tours of Yellowstone National Park, including day trips from Jackson Hole and Cody.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Castle Geyser is a must-see for visitors in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin.
  • Plan to spend a couple hours at the geyser to maximize your chances of seeing it erupt. 
  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat. 
  • The geyser is wheelchair accessible via a paved trail and boardwalk from the Old Faithful area.

How to Get There
Castle Geyser is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The drive from the west entrance—the closest entrance to the basin—takes about 45 minutes. On foot, the geyser is easily accessed by following the trail that leads from Old Faithful.

When to Get There
You’ll want to time your visit to Castle Geyser for when it’s predicted to erupt. Rangers at any of Yellowstone’s visitor centers should be able to offer an estimate; plan to arrive around 45 minutes early in case it goes off before the predicted time.

The Phases of a Castle Geyser Eruption
Unlike Old Faithful, when Castle Geyser erupts, it does so in two phases. For the first 20 minutes, the geyser spews out a column of water that can be seen over the trees from Old Faithful. Once the water phase finishes, the geyser belches out thick white steam for another 30 to 40 minutes. The thunderous sound of the steam eruption has been compared to the roar of an oncoming train.
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Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole

Wyoming’s iconic Yellowstone National Park is home to otherworldly geysers, bubbling mudpots and springs, and abundant wildlife like grizzlies, antelope, elk, moose, buffalo. On this tour, seasoned local guides bring you to top sites like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic Spring, and Old Faithful. Save time waiting in long lines and spend more time enjoying the scenery.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Self-Guided Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour from Gardiner

Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Yellowstone National Park on a 12-hour self-guided tour from Gardiner. Following an expertly prepared guide, discover natural monuments like the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Castle Geysers and the Lehardy Rapids. Scour the Hayden Valley for sightings of wolves, elks and grizzly bears, and learn about rich history of the area from your guide. Explore Yellowstone National Park at your own pace on this flexible self-guided tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Yellowstone Upper and Lower Loop Tours

From Jackson Hole, Teton Village or Jackson Wyoming a seasoned tour guide will pick you for your tours to Yellowstone National Park.   The tour of Yellowstone National Park will lead you to Yellowstone Lake, Le Hardy Rapids, Mud Volcano, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geysers, Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful and Castle Geysers. Tours of Yellowstone are fun. You will have access to binoculars.  Along the way  you will likely see bears including grizzlies, antelope, elk, moose, buffalo.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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