Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Wyoming 82190
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Child with Park Ranger


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the most dynamic hydrothermal areas in Yellowstone National Park. And it is one of the park's most popular destinations. View travertine terraces. See multi-colored hot springs. Take a ranger-led walk. Learn about thermophiles and geothermal features. Tour Fort Yellowstone, a cavalry post from 1886 to 1916. Visit Albright Visitor Center and, in addition to exploring the exhibits, watch a short film on the history of Yellowstone. But don't limit your discovery to natural phenomena and history. Discover the habitats and terrain of the Northwest Yellowstone. Hike Beaver Ponds Trail, a moderate 5-mile loop, and catch sight of elk, mule deer, pronghorn, moose and beaver (dams and lodges). Head to the Boiling River, one of only two safe soaks in Yellowstone, and take a fun break from family touring. Follow Grand Loop Road south to Willow Park and watch wildlife in solitude in the early morning and late afternoon. Ride horseback in Gardners Hole and survey the backcountry from the saddle. Watch elk on the front lawn of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel before you retire each evening. In winter, snowshoe and x-country ski in a group or individually.
Getting There
Mammoth Hot Springs is located 5 miles (8 km) south of Gardner, MT, 49 miles (79 km) northeast of the West Yellowstone, MT and 47 miles (76 km) west of Yellowstone's Northeast Entrance. The North Entrance is the only park entrance open all year. North Entrance Road and Grand Loop Road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City are open to wheeled vehicles year-round weather permitting. Snow tires and/or chains are often required. All other park roads and entrances are open seasonally.
Getting Around
Hiking trails offer a closer look at nature yet it is wise to take care when selecting a path; Mammoth area trails vary in length and grade. The easy, 1-mile Lower Terrace Trail is predominately boardwalk but is only wheelchair accessible at Liberty Cap. The 1-mile (1.6 km) Wraith Falls Trail is graded easy. The 5-mile Beaver Ponds Trail is graded moderate. The 11-mile (17.7 km) Sepulcher Mountain Trail is graded strenuous. Bighorn Pass, Fawn Pass, Sportsman Lake and Yellowstone River trails are lengthy backcountry treks (permits required for backcountry camping). Ranger-led programs are offered from June through September and late December through late February. Traveling to Mammoth in winter? Don't despair. There are a variety of x-country trails to choose from. NB: Check the ranger station for trail closings before you set out. Be sure to pull your car off the roadway when stopping at roadside turnouts and overlooks.
Things to Keep in Mind
The following services are available at Mammoth Hot Springs: hotel, campground, service station, restaurant and general store. There is no food or water at boardwalks and trailheads and there is little reprieve from the sun on area paths. Pack water and snacks. Wear sunscreen and hats. Junior ranger booklets are available for purchase ranger at stations throughout the park. A fishing permit is required for all Yellowstone anglers. Permits are required for backcountry camping.
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