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Dragon’s Mouth Springs, located in the heart of Yellowstone National Park, is a must-visit for any nature enthusiast. Its intriguing combination of geothermal activity and stunning natural beauty makes it one of the park’s most unique features.

History

Dragon’s Mouth Springs, also known as Dragon’s Mouth Geyser, has a colorful history rooted in the folklore and legends of the indigenous people of the area. Named for the roaring sound and steam that emit from the cave – reminiscent of a dragon’s fiery breath – the spring has been a constant source of fascination since the park’s inception in 1872.

How to Get There

Reaching Dragon’s Mouth Springs is straightforward. It’s located in the Mud Volcano area of Yellowstone, mid-way between the Fishing Bridge and Canyon Village. Visitors typically drive to the site, following the clearly marked signs on the Grand Loop Road. The nearest airport is in Jackson Hole, from which you can rent a car and drive to the park.

Attractions

  • Dragon’s Mouth Springs: The highlight of the visit, with its mesmerizing steam and sounds.
  • Mud Volcano: Another fascinating geothermal feature in the vicinity.
  • Yellowstone Lake: A large, serene lake that’s perfect for picnic and relaxation, just a short drive away.
  • Hayden Valley: Known for its wildlife, especially the herds of bison.

Ticket Information

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park requires a paid permit. As of 2021, the current rates are $35 per vehicle or $20 per person if entering by foot or bicycle. This ticket provides seven-day access to the entire park, including Dragon’s Mouth Springs.

Tips for Visiting

  • Plan your visit outside of peak times (July-August) to avoid crowds.
  • Bring your camera – the springs, surrounded by colorful rocks, make for fantastic photos.
  • Dress in layers as Yellowstone’s weather can be unpredictable.
  • Follow all park rules and regulations to ensure your safety and the preservation of this natural wonder.

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