Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

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A large complex of springs in Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs, was created over thousands of years by hot water from the springs cooling and depositing calcium carbonate. Typically a bleached-white hue, the dramatic terraced sections flow with water originating from rain and snowmelt, causing a frozen cascade effect (though the water that forms this area is extremely hot). The flow of water depends on the environment at any given time, but you can walk the boardwalks along the lower and upper terraces, observing the scenery and wildlife. To visit Mammoth Hot Springs and other attractions in Yellowstone National Park, use our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.
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  • A surrealistic landscape with salty, probably acid, and apparently poisonous water. Trees and plants in the area are doomed to certain death and very long existence as sculptures. Our kids loved it. W...  more »
  • Like everything else in the Park, it is amazing and very different from the other. The geothermal activity is impressive. Is one of the most structured of the Park also offer in good bathrooms, restaurants, parking, etc. At the beginning and at the end of the afternoon and a perfect spot to find many reindeer.
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  • It's a beautiful lovely natural formation. The terrace is beautiful with the hot spring. It's a pity that there isn't much water flow of the hot spring at the terrace. I'm not sure is it due to the se...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places in Yellowstone National Park. You will once again feel like you are on another planet as you take in the scenery. Very quiet, serene, and romantic. I found the colors amazing. Such a special moment....one we will never forget.
  • As everyone can see with all the pictures, this is a beautiful place. Bring some water on a hot day. A good amount of trails/boardwalks.
  • Would definitely recommend a stop to this area while you are in the park. The geothermal features are very different from the rest of those in the rest of the park.
  • This is just not worth the drive. There is so much more to do if you only have a couple of days in the park. It takes a long time to get to. parking is very limited and people tend to stay longer. Lots of busses and not many restrooms. The elevation on the trails can be very hard.
  • Pretty unique, liked how colorful terraces were formed. Missed why are terraces created though. The drive-through the upper part is neat, a demonstration of an "american hike". Trail itself was maintained, with wooden platforms everywhere.

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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