Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
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. Put Mammoth Hot Springs at the forefront of your travel plans using our Yellowstone National Park tour planner.
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It was too cold and rainy to walk the board walk but it was impressive none the less. There's a nice little village with a general store and REAL bathrooms. If the weather was warmer, we would've enjo... read more »
The boardwalks and the interpretive guide ($1) make it very easy to see and understand all of the sights. Because of their changing nature and how different they are from the geysers, this is definite... read more »
Mammoth is a very interesting place, especially the Hot Springs that continually flow and leave deposits which, eventually, yield Travertine. Sort of like watching your kitchen counter grow. Boardwalk... read more »
What happen to the hot springs? Was here 25 years ago and 80% of the hot springs were active and "colored" by bacteria and minerals. Today maybe 20% is active and the rest is white. Shows how the underground pluming has changed over time. During August get there early, by mid-day it will be very crowded.
Stunning views of the hills nearby. You may come across some Elks wandering. Mammoth springs is a must visit place when entering to Yellowstone.
Another place you have to stop. Get out and walk around. Sure you can see plenty from the road but that just isn't enough. After your walk and pictures go get a huckleberry ice cream down the road. Or better yet, do it before. Hopefully your ice cream won't melt too fast!
This is a unique place. An entire hillside covered in hotsprings and their cascading deposits. It's more beautiful when there is higher water flow, otherwise a number of the springs are dry.
Colorful set of hot springs. It was quite rainy when we went there which made this place even more beautiful. There is a boardwalk with steps you need to climb. It is a fairly easy to moderate hike (roughly 1 - 1.5 miles roundtrip at the maximum). There is also a back road which takes you all the way up if you do not wish to climb up and only wish to check out the hot springs on the very top.
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