Visiting Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs is a beautiful set of hot springs that tower down a terraced hill made of travertine.
Located just south of Gardiner, Montana, not far inside the Yellowstone National Park North Entrance, is the tiny town of Mammoth Hot Springs. It is a wonderful place to visit during the summer, but it is also open during the winter. I have never seen Mammoth Hot Springs during the winter, only in the spring and summer.
I recommend Mammoth Hot Springs as an excellent viewing area for elk. The small town is full of elk. This is also a good spot to see buffalo.
You will find elk sunning themselves across the green lawns, and wandering around eating the grass. I have seen a lot of elk in my life, and every time I see one, I am always in awe of how large they truly are. As always, do NOT get too close to these animals. And never try to feed a wild animal. While they may live in a national park, they still fend for themselves, and might not appreciate a human getting too close.
Limestone and hot water are two of the main things that create the terraces you will see at Mammoth Hot Springs.
The Liberty Cap is a 37-foot high hot spring cone formed by a hot spring with great pressure that raised the water this high and caused mineral deposits to build into this formation. There are also many other terraces to see.
Terraces change quickly, so don’t expect to see exactly what we have in our pictures. And if you have visited before, it is worth a second stop to see what it looks like now.
Yellowstone National Park has an online site where you can view different terraces and information about each located here: http://mms.nps.gov/yell/features/mammothtour/stopslist.htm
If you are visiting in the winter, you can daily tours of nearby areas as well as guided snowmobile tours. Click here for information: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/mammoth-hot-springs-hotel-1367.html
There is also lodging available at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins, with a variety of choices of choices to suit different budgets.
If you enter Yellowstone National Park through the North Entrance, you can’t miss Mammoth Hot Springs because you will drive right through it. If you are elsewhere in Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs is worth driving up to see.
Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog