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. Put Mammoth Hot Springs at the forefront of your travel plans using our Yellowstone National Park tour planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This amazing place seems to change before your eyes. There is so much to see and wonder about. Take the hike up to the upper terrace for sure. it's busy so bring your patience and your camera!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Parking is limited. Most at the bottom of mammoth hot spring. One at the top. The trail goes from bottom to top. Although not very active like old faithful, Mammoth hot spring is a Must see  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We drove from Rapid city to Salt Lake City in 14 days, we stayed at different places motels to luxury hotel and luxury tents, we found out that not really worth spending a mint on luxury hotels, when ...  more »
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  • September 15, 2017
    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.
  • September 20, 2017
    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.
  • September 13, 2017
    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.
  • July 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 18, 2017
    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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