Mammoth Hot Springs
- Type: Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Sitting just southwest of the North Entrance in Mammoth Country, the Mammoth Hot Springs are one of the park's more unique attractions. Known for its terraces -- formed over centuries of hot water bubbling up from the ground, cooling and depositing calcium carbonate -- many refer to this site as natural sculpture. Keep an eye out for elk grazing near the edge of the springs before terrace-hopping along numerous boardwalks down toward the bottom. Just be careful to avoid direct contact with the water, which can easily cause burns.
If you're interested in Yellowstone history, head over to the Albright Visitor Center, which features displays on Fort Yellowstone, a former U.S. Army base that once balanced on the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces. Today, Fort Yellowstone acts as the park's administrative headquarters. Next to the visitor center is the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, which is a good place to grab a bite to eat.
Check Yellowstone's website for specific opening and closing dates of facilities, plus operating hours.