Mammoth Hot Springs

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Mammoth Hot Springs

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
The price is $101 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Situated in Gardiner, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, and Yellowstone National Park North Entrance. ...
4/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
"Friendly, clean and great location."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

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
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fort Yellowstone Historic District and Mammoth Hot Springs. Osprey Falls Trail and Albright ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (72 reviews)
"Beautiful historic property, quiet and peaceful, decent pricing and great location inside the park"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
Absaroka Lodge
Absaroka Lodge
2 out of 5
310 Scott Street West, Gardiner, MT
The price is $110 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Situated in a regional park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone National Park, and Yellowstone National Park North ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (938 reviews)
"Beautiful property and nice clean rooms. Love that all the rooms have great view overlooking Yellowstone River."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Absaroka Lodge
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Best Lodging Options Near Mammoth Hot Springs

Super 8 by Wyndham Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Gardiner/Yellowstone Park Area
2 out of 5
702 Scott St. West, Hwy 89/ PO Box 739, Gardiner, MT
The price is $93 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
2 Mammoth Hotel Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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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
The price is $101 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone, Ascend Hotel Collection
Absaroka Lodge
Absaroka Lodge
2 out of 5
310 Scott Street West, Gardiner, MT
The price is $110 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Absaroka Lodge
Park Hotel Yellowstone
Park Hotel Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
107 Main Street, Gardiner, MT
The price is $100 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
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Yellowstone Riverside Cottages
Yellowstone Riverside Cottages
2.5 out of 5
521 Scott St W, Gardiner, MT
The price is $97 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Yellowstone Riverside Cottages
Yellowstone Big Rock Inn
Yellowstone Big Rock Inn
2 out of 5
902 Scott St, Gardiner, MT
Yellowstone Big Rock Inn
Yellowstone Gateway Inn
Yellowstone Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
103 Bigelow Lane, Gardiner, MT
The price is $99 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Yellowstone Gateway Inn
The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
2.5 out of 5
1014 Scott St. West, Gardiner, MT
The Roosevelt Hotel - Yellowstone
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