Boiling River

Gardiner, Montana

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Yellowstone National Park’s most popular soaking area. A 6-foot-wide stream of hot water plunges over travertine rocks into a 50-yard-long band of thermal soaking pools along the Gardner River. The largest discharge of thermal water in Yellowstone, Boiling River is also the park’s most popular soaking location, at times accommodating 150 people in the warm water. The attractiveness of this soak is no doubt attributable to its easy access from the North Entrance Road, its beautiful location, and the awesome soaking opportunities. Geologists suspect that the Boiling River’s 100-yard channel of 140-degree-F hot water is the underground flow from Mammoth Hot Springs, some 2 miles to the south. The 6-foot-wide stream pours over travertine ledges into the swift-flowing Gardner River, where it mixes with cold river water. The water level in the Gardner River determines the temperature of your soak. You may encounter a blast of hot water on your back, while at the same time your toes are shivering in the icy river water, but most bathers eventually find just the right spot for their thermal tastes. Primitive.
Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs

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Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs

by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)

Yellowstone National Park’s most popular soaking area. A 6-foot-wide stream of hot water plunges over travertine rocks into a 50-yard-long band of thermal soaking pools along the Gardner River. The largest discharge of thermal water in Yellowstone, Boiling River is also the park’s most popular soaking location, at times accommodating 150 people in the warm water.

The attractiveness of this soak is no doubt attributable to its easy access from the North Entrance Road, its beautiful location, and the awesome soaking opportunities. Geologists suspect that the Boiling River’s 100-yard channel of 140-degree-F hot water is the underground flow from Mammoth Hot Springs, some 2 miles to the south. The 6-foot-wide stream pours over travertine ledges into the swift-flowing Gardner River, where it mixes with cold river water. The water level in the Gardner River determines the temperature of your soak. You may encounter a blast of hot water on your back, while at the same time your toes are shivering in the icy river water, but most bathers eventually find just the right spot for their thermal tastes. Primitive.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Gardiner
Season: Late summer, fall, and winter. May be closed in spring and early summer due to high water on the Gardner River. Wintertime soaks are magical.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs; USGS Gardiner
Driving Directions: Directions to Boiling River

Recent Trail Reviews

5/5/2011
1

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!


7/13/2007
0

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.


6/6/2007
0

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!!


7/27/2005
0

As close as you can get to the boiling hot spring water in Yellowstone. Truely a beautiful place and relaxing soak.


8/23/2002
0

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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