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Overview

Known for its otherworldly limestone terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park is a geothermal wonder that captivates both scientists and sightseers alike. The Spring’s unique landscape changes daily due to the underground heat that shapes the travertine formations.

History

Yellowstone National Park, the home of Mammoth Hot Springs, was established in 1872 as America’s first national park. The springs have been a popular attraction ever since, mesmerizing visitors with their dynamic landscape. The area was named “”Mammoth”” after the large scale of its hot spring terraces.

How to Get There

To reach Mammoth Hot Springs, visitors can enter through the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, just past the town of Gardiner, Montana. The springs are located about five miles from the entrance. If traveling by air, the closest airports are Yellowstone Airport, Jackson Hole Airport, and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

Attractions

  • Travertine Terraces: Known for their unique formations, the terraces are a must-see.
  • Fort Yellowstone: This historical landmark used to serve as a U.S. Army fort.
  • Albright Visitor Center: Offers exhibits on the park’s history and wildlife.
  • Boiling River: One of the few places in the park where visitors can swim.

Ticket Information

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park requires a fee: $35 for private, non-commercial vehicles; $30 for motorcycles; or $20 per person on foot or bicycle. The ticket covers unlimited entry for seven days from the date of purchase.

Tips for Visiting

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Dress in layers and carry rain gear.
  • Stay on boardwalks and trails for your safety and to protect the delicate formations.
  • Plan ahead and arrive early, especially in summer months when the park is busiest.
  • Respect wildlife. Keep your distance and do not feed any animals.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to help protect the natural resources of the park.

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