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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

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Hot Spring Nature / Park
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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  • The terrace has been building for thousands of years and is truly large and amazing to see. Only wish there were more active water features. The town itself is a beehive of activity with restaurants, ...  more »
  • Spent an entire morning visiting the hot springs----Lower terraces are visited by a network of boardwalks that circle past springs and mounds--variety of colors and shapes are quite interesting---make...  more »
  • Cute ... tiny hot springs in the middle of the Yellowstone: not very impressive to be honest.
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  • 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.
  • One of the must-see areas of Yellowstone. While there you of course must see the hot springs, and I was also very fascinated with the walking tour of the old fort. Pick up a guide for $1 from the visitor center or find one of the guided ranger tours.
  • Could not see all of the Mammoth Hot Springs because of the winter damage hasn't been completely repaired yet on the walkways and pathways. Still very interesting when you think about how I got to be this way over time.
  • The drive is gorgeous and the hot springs make for great photos. The wooden walkway allows for easy whhelchair access, too. The town is absolutely picturesque!
  • Loved going here as a kid. This is one awesome place. Its a great way to let the kids get there wiggles out.

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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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