The geyser sits on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat, about 0.3 mi (0.48 km) from State Route 34. The ranch remains privately owned, and a high fence and a locked gate topped with spikes exclude trespassers. The only access consists of a dirt road, but the Fly Geyser remains viewable from the road.
The geyser itself only stands about 5 ft (1.5 m) high. If we also include the mound it sits on, it measures a total of 12 ft (3.7 m) high.
Fly Geyser Origins
The Geyser accidentally formed in 1964 when people dug a well as part of an exploration for geothermal energy. It continues to be unclear whether they failed to cap correctly, or not. As a result, dissolved minerals began rising and accumulating.
This led to the creation of the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues to slowly grow. To date, super-heated water continues to be released. The triple spumes reach nearly 6 ft (1.8 m) into the air.
Also, the Fly Geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 74 acres (30 hectares).
Fly Geyser Nature
The geyser mound consists of a series of different minerals, but its incredible colors occur due to thermophilic algae, making it most visually impressive.
A prior well-drilling attempt in 1917 resulted in the creation of a man-made geyser close to the currently active Fly Geyser. This earlier drilling created a pillar of calcium carbonate.
However, it ceased when the geyser began releasing water in 1964.
Two additional geysers in the area formed in a similar way and continue to grow. The first is roughly 3 feet (0.91 m) and looks like a miniature volcano while the second is cone-shaped and is almost twice as tall.