Use our guide to Old Faithful Geyser when looking for things to do in California. You can visit this scenic natural wonder 365 days a year and enjoy several other attractions at the site as well. During your stay at the Calistoga Wine Way Inn or Craftsman Inn, you can plan a full day of fun or squeeze in a few viewings of Old Faithful Geyser between wine tastings.

The Old Faithful Geyser of California shooting off its hot water

The Geyser

1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515

One of the most photographed features of the State of California, the Old Faithful Geyser of California is just that, faithfully predictable. It consistently offers sprays reaching up to 80 feet in height, lasting 2-6 minutes each. Fueled by underground heat, pressure, and water, the geyser erupts when the heat below the surface boils the colder groundwater and forces it out of the earth in a hot, steamy spray. Such a sight is often accompanied by a stunning rainbow, waving hello to all its viewers.

Part of what makes this particular geyser so fascinating is that scientists have found that it can help predict earthquakes. When the frequency of the gushes lessens, there is a good chance that an earthquake is impending–anywhere from two days to two weeks away. It sets the California geyser apart from other geysers, such as the famed Yellowstone Park geyser, whose sprays typically change after a seismic event. The site features plenty of seating at a safe distance from the hot liquid, so you can marvel at the show comfortably, snap a few pictures, and then explore the rest of the site afterward.

The Grounds

One of the highlights of the Old Faithful Geyser site is the Gardens. They are a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lush with native plants and a natural mineral water fountain, this serene garden showcases the beauty of the Palisade Mountain Range and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park just beyond the gardens.

You can also make new furry friends while visiting the Animal Farm. There are currently two new arrivals at the farm- Nigerian Dwarf goats and horses.

Make a point to walk through history at the Geological Museum—a collection of research and discovery two years in the making. This hands-on experience will teach you the mechanics of a geyser, the influence of earthquakes and volcanos, and the history of the people in the region. You’ll be a geyser expert in no time!

Fun Features

The Old Faithful Geyser of California site is a great place for a picnic, a game of bocce ball, and souvenir shopping. Pack a picnic lunch or buy some light snacks and drinks at the gift shop to make a day of it. The picnic tables and bocce area are an addition to the grounds that delight guests every year. The gift shop is also a great place to pick up wine country-esc goodies for friends and family back home.

Plan Your Visit

With our guide to Old Faithful Geyser, it’s a great time to start planning your next visit! Please review their seasonal hours and pricing details, which may vary throughout the year. Check availability, choose your room, and pack your bags for a fun-filled getaway. We can’t wait to see you soon!


Published October 2023