Yellowstone's Grand Loop - Madison Junction to Old Faithful - My Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone's Grand Loop - Madison Junction to Old Faithful

This stretch of the Grand Loop from Madison Junction intersection to the exit for the Old Faithful area is the most popular and has the most geyser basins.
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The Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone is the main way to get to the attractions in the national park. This stretch from Madison Junction to the exit for the Old Faithful area is the most popular and has the most geyser basins.

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Attractions in order from Madison Junction to Old Faithful (click on images to enlarge)

Firehole Canyon Drive with Firehole Falls

Firehole Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Firehole Canyon Drive is a one-way side road takes you past a small waterfall on the Firehole River. Large vehicles and RVs are restricted because of limited parking and a narrow road.

Firehole River

The Grand Loop Road follows the Firehole River for the first half of this leg. The river is a great spot for fishing and you'll see many fishermen wading and casting along your drive.

Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road from Madison Junction to Old Faithful exit

Chief Joseph Story

Sign notating the Nez Perce tribe passing through this part of the park in the summer of 1877 during a conflict with the U.S. army.

Fountain Flat Drive

This road leads to the Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail

Lower Geyser Basin

Featuring Fountain Paint Pots.

Fountain Paint Pots in the Lower Geyser Basin

Firehole Lake Drive

Firehole Spring. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Firehole Spring. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Firehole Lake Drive is a one-way side road has multiple areas to pull over and park to view hot springs pools and geysers. Notable are White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake. Large vehicles and RVs are restricted because of limited parking and a narrow road. As with most roads in Yellowstone that run near thermal features, this road goes through frequent repair.

Midway Geyser Basin

This geyser basin features the famous Grand Prismatic Hot Springs. Because of the its size and brilliant orange, yellow, and blue colors, it is one of the most photographed features in Yellowstone.

Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Fountain Freight Road Trailhead

From the parking lot, you cross a bridge and walk beside the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring to trailheads for the Grand Prismatic Overlook, Fairy Falls, Imperial Geyser, Goose Lake, Sentinel Meadows Trail, Ojo Caliente Spring Trail, and end at Fountain Flats Drive.

Trailhead to Fairy Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski
Fairy Falls. Photo by C. Sagan

Biscuit Basin

Exit to Old Faithful Area & Upper Geyser Basin

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight

It sounds funny to have an "exit" inside a national park, but to get to the popular Old Faithful area, you need to take the off ramp to the right shown at the end of the video (at top). There you'll find a visitor center, hotels, restaurants, and some of the most-walked boardwalks in Yellowstone.

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Construction Area of Yellowstone's Grand Loop 2014-2016

Yellowstone Grand Loop Road Construction

Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road will have some construction on roads and bridges the summers 2014-2016. The bulk of the construction will be the 16-mile section of the loop between Norris Geyser Basin and the Golden Gate area south of Mammoth Hot Springs.