Mud Volcano

Canyon, Wyoming

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Mud Volcano is located just north of Yellowstone Lake between Canyon and Fishing Bridge. The barren landscape is filled with pools of thick mud, bubbling clay caldrons, geysers, hot springs, steam vents rich in sulfuric acid, and the pungent aroma of hydrogen sulfide. A 0.7-mile loop of trails and boardwalks winds around several diverse hydrothermal features, including the turbulent Mud Volcano crater, rising 30-feet high and spreading 30-feet wide; Mud Caldron and Black Dragon’s Caldron, seething masses of bubbling mud pools; Dragon’s Mouth Spring, a splashing, belching spring that fills a cave on the hillside; and the steaming, odoriferous cones of Grizzly Fumarole.

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"Mud Volcano is located just north of Yellowstone Lake between Canyon and Fishing Bridge. The barren landscape is filled with pools of thick mud, bubbling clay caldrons, geysers, hot springs, steam vents rich in sulfuric acid, and the pungent aroma of hydrogen sulfide. A 0.7-mile loop of trails and boardwalks winds around several diverse hydrothermal features, including the turbulent Mud Volcano crater, rising 30-feet high and spreading 30-feet wide; Mud Caldron and Black Dragon’s Caldron, seething masses of bubbling mud pools; Dragon’s Mouth Spring, a splashing, belching spring that fills a cave on the hillside; and the steaming, odoriferous cones of Grizzly Fumarole."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canyon
Distance: 0.7
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: USGS Lake and Canyon Village, Trails Illustrated Yellowstone Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Mud Volcano

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May 2018