Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs
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Near the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park, drive around colorful travertine terraces or walk among steaming thermal features in this otherworldly area.

When you visit Mammoth Hot Springs, prepare to be mesmerized by nature. Located near Fort Yellowstone in the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District, the hot springs are one of Yellowstone National Park’s most iconic destinations.

Mammoth Hot Springs was created over many millennia as hot spring water cooled and left deposits of calcium carbonate. The colorful runoff from the naturally white terraces is caused by bacteria and algae that thrive in the spring’s warm waters. All of this serves as a visible reminder of the deep volcanic and thermal forces at work in Yellowstone. To learn more, read informative plaques placed throughout the area.

Mammoth Hot Springs is divided into Lower and Upper Terraces. Explore the Lower Terraces via a network of boardwalks. The boardwalks eventually connect to the Upper Terraces Loop, which you can also access by car.

Check out the lower terraces of Minerva Spring. These famously elaborate travertine formations have cycles of wet and dry periods. Even when dry, colorful algae present a stunning sight. Admire Liberty Cap, a hot spring cone extending 45 feet (14 meters) in the air. The towering rock apparently earned its name because of its resemblance to hats worn during the French Revolution.

Cross the road, where Opal Spring is encroaching on a residence designed by Robert Reamer, the architect of Yellowstone landmarks such as the Old Faithful Inn and Roosevelt Arch. Opal Terrace seems to be a favorite lounging location for elk, providing a great photo opportunity. While the elk may look peaceful, be sure to stay the required distance from them as they can become aggressive.

Explore Mammoth Hot Springs on foot or by car. Follow a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) one-way road in a counterclockwise loop around the Upper Terraces. From the overlook, enjoy stunning views of the Lower Terraces and Fort Yellowstone. The area’s boardwalks are wheelchair accessible rent a wheelchair at the visitor center if needed. Join one of the guided ranger walks, which leave daily from the Upper Terraces. Always stay on the boardwalks and marked trails as the travertine and very hot thermal waters can be extremely dangerous.

Top Hotels Close to Mammoth Hot Springs

The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
905 Scott Street W, Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $109 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
$109
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,012 reviews)
"Super friendly front desk staff. Very convenient location. Great dinner recommendation. Highly reccomended."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
2 Mammoth Hotel Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (100 reviews)
"The Hotel was a fine place. Unique experience back in time. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Thanks"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
Absaroka Lodge
Absaroka Lodge
2 out of 5
310 Scott Street West, Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $135 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
$135
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28
Stay at this hotel in Gardiner. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"The staff was great, we had a lower room that was clean and comfortable. Parking lot is a little tight especially in the winter. They did their best to keep it clean and make it safe for everyone though. I would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Absaroka Lodge
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