Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs
by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)
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A true hot springs gem! Easy access, family friendly and most importantly CLEAN. Get's very crowded in the summer, but there's always plenty of room. Best time to go: in the dead of winter! I go all the time, but avoid Ystone in the summer all together!
This trail was great for a first major hike. We enjoyed the first night at 1R1 which was nice but not as sheltered as I had imagined. The second night we stayed at 1Y1 which was an amazing campsite with an area to lounge in the shade and a nice sand beach to swim. The water was COLD.
The backcountry office failed to inform our group of a bridge out 1-1.5 miles from the trail end. We were forced to climb down a moderately rocky cliff and then cross a swiftly moving stream. We reported the trail conditions back to the office after arriving back and they realized they had neglected to tell us the exiting trail head had been closed.
Besides a close encounter with some coyotes at our first camp we saw no other wildlife. We made plenty of noise along the trail to try to avoid any unwanted encounters.
Overall it was a great experience and very scenic.
Been there 2 times. once in early July and once in late Oct. Each time the soaking was fabulous. I love floating down the river!!
As close as you can get to the boiling hot spring water in Yellowstone. Truely a beautiful place and relaxing soak.
Very nice area. A fair amount of parking on both sides of the road. River is very fast and color, but water mixes well with the hot spring for a pleasant soak.
I found it to be family friendly during the daytime when I was there.
This is a must visit if you are in the area.
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