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Mammoth Hot Springs – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Distance

0.5-2 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss

Less than 100 feet

Time Required

30 minutes - 1 hour

Pets

No

Fees

$25 park entrance fee

Water Info

Pack your own water

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

None

Sun Exposure

No shade

Trail Condition

Very good boardwalk

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

Yes

Driving Directions



The Trail:

Mammoth Hot Springs is the name of the city that is the headquarters of Yellowstone. It is very famous as a place to watch Elk who often hang out in town and on the lawns of the houses. There is food, and a very large and famous hotel here. Be sure to check out the museum as well with stuffed animal of the parks wildlife. The crown jewel of the city though, is the hot springs it is named for. There are a couple miles of boardwalk for the self guided tour and a short auto route if you don’t want to walk. There are three areas to explore. The lower terrace board walk, the upper terrace boardwalk, and the upper terrace auto tour. As you enter Mammoth its impossible to miss the colored terraces rising over the city.

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There is an old geyser cone that is the subject of many photos from people visiting.

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The lower terrace makes you feel like you are on a different planet. The travertine terraces in this the lower terrace are the coolest to see in my opinion.

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As you head up to the upper terrace there are many areas where old trees were taken over and killed by the springs.

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The upper terrace is mostly dry now but offers surrounding views of the beautiful area.

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The auto tour shows some cool things including one very big formation.

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Personal Thoughts:

Mammoth is one of my favorite areas to visit in Yellowstone, and the hot springs are a great way to see cool formations and stretch your legs.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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