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Mammoth Hot Springs free

Upper Loop Road | Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 | Official website
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  • Type: Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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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 — Mammoth Hot Springs' travertine formations are often described as natural sculpture. As you explore, keep an eye out for elk grazing near the edge of the springs before terrace-hopping along numerous boardwalks down toward the bottom. Also 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 & Museum, which features displays on the park's natural and cultural history as well as contemporary exhibits showcasing the Northern Range of the park's unique array of wildlife. Though the Albright Visitor Center typically stays open year-round, it's currenly undergoing renovations; the center is estimated to be complete in spring 2015; however, a temporary visitor center will remain open while work is completed.

Consult the National Park Service's Mammoth Area page for specific opening and closing dates of facilities, comprehensive maps of points of interest, a list of ranger-led programs and operating hours.

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