It is a sight to behold. The steaming thermal features of Mammoth Hot Springs draw millions of visitors each year to the historic headquarters of Yellowstone National Park, just a few miles from its North Entrance. This complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine is a must-see for visitors to Yellowstone.
A SPECTACULAR VIEW
The Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace is magnificent, and many travelers take the Terrace Drive to see how heat, water, limestone and a system of rock fissures have combined to create this colorful natural feature, the largest known carbonate-depositing spring in the world. This popular 3/4 mile drive takes you back into the trees where you will see thermal features not visible from the main road.
Whether you take the drive or not, be sure to save time to saunter on the lower terrace boardwalk, which offers spectacular views of thermal activity, Mammoth Village and the impressive mountain peaks of the Gallatin Range.
RICH IN HISTORY
Mammoth features the oldest buildings in the park, including structures from the days when the U.S. Army was managing Yellowstone. You’ll want to drop by the visitor’s center to soak up some history by viewing exhibits and a short movie. There’s even a wildlife museum upstairs. And don’t forget to look for (but don’t approach) the ever-present elk that graze on the lawns of the village. In nearby Gardiner a few miles to the north, you will find outdoor adventure packages such as llama pack trips, horseback riding, backpacking, whitewater rafting, fishing or zip line packages.
RELAX IN CHICO
Just 30 miles from Yellowstone’s North Entrance you’ll find a different kind of hot springs – Chico Hot Springs, a historic resort in the heart of Paradise Valley.
Chico’s hot springs pools aren’t the only draw. Nestled in the foothills of the stunning Absaroka Mountain Range, Chico offers a wide variety of accommodations, fine dining, outdoor adventures and live entertainment. The Yellowstone’s Edge RV Park is 35 miles north of the park in the stunning Paradise Valley. The Livingston/Paradise Valley KOA is 40 miles from the North Entrance to the park.
Are you ready for an adventure?