Norris to Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming

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A 21-mile drive through high meadows and forests, by many small lakes, waterfalls, and fumaroles. Stop at dramatic Golden Gate Canyon for a wonderful overview before moving on to the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. The drive begins as you leave the Norris Geyser Basin and head north. An overlook to the left allows a look back at the ghostly landscape of fumaroles and springs with their steam rising from the white baked earth. About 1.25 miles from Norris, the Museum of the National Park Ranger is on the right in a small log cabin, originally a cavalry outpost. Built in 1908, the cabin replaced an earlier structure built in 1897 when the cavalry first came to protect the park. This small museum tells the history of the guardians of the park, from early soldiers to National Park Service rangers who, from 1916 to the present, have become specialists as historians, educators, geologists, environmentalists, and more.

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"A 21-mile drive through high meadows and forests, by many small lakes, waterfalls, and fumaroles. Stop at dramatic Golden Gate Canyon for a wonderful overview before moving on to the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. The drive begins as you leave the Norris Geyser Basin and head north. An overlook to the left allows a look back at the ghostly landscape of fumaroles and springs with their steam rising from the white baked earth.

About 1.25 miles from Norris, the Museum of the National Park Ranger is on the right in a small log cabin, originally a cavalry outpost. Built in 1908, the cabin replaced an earlier structure built in 1897 when the cavalry first came to protect the park. This small museum tells the history of the guardians of the park, from early soldiers to National Park Service rangers who, from 1916 to the present, have become specialists as historians, educators, geologists, environmentalists, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Mammoth Hot Springs
Distance: 21
Duration: 40 to 45 minutes
Season: Mid-April through mid-November
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Norris to Mammoth Hot Springs

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May 2018