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- Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Sitting just southwest of the North Entrance in the aptly named Mammoth Hot Springs area, Mammoth Hot Springs is 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.
According to recent visitors, Mammoth Hot Springs is "an amazing spectacle" that can't be missed. For some of the attraction's best views, travelers suggest walking up to the Upper Terraces. Hikers, meanwhile, can enjoy longer treks on one of Yellowstone's hiking trails, many of which start near the springs.
If you're interested in Yellowstone history, several travelers recommend checking out the adjacent Albright Visitor Center, which features displays on the park's natural and cultural history, as well as contemporary exhibits showcasing the unique wildlife found in the park's Northern Range. The facility stays open year-round.
Free parking is provided on-site, or you can join a tour offered by operators like Buffalo Bus Touring Company and Xanterra Parks & Resorts. But remember, tour rates generally do not cover park entrance fees, which cost $30 per vehicle and $25 per motorcycle. Mammoth is accessible 24 hours a day from April 20 to Nov. 6. For more information about Mammoth Hot Springs, check out the National Park Service's website.
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