Mammoth Hot Springs Professional Reviews and Guides
"While many of Yellowstone’s most famous hydrothermal areas wow audiences with their dramatic antics and predictable, instantly gratifying performances, Mammoth’s mercurial hot-spring terraces are impressive more for their important place in the history of the park and their long-term natural development. A network of boardwalks provides numerous options for exploring the most accessible thermal area in the northern half of the park.At least some portion of the terraces can be explored year-round. When boardwalks are iced over in winter, the fringes of the thermal area are fascinating to explore via skis or snowshoes. There is no shade on the boardwalks, so bring plenty of water and sun protection."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"About an 18-mile drive along a high road between Lava Creek Canyon and Blacktail Deer Plateau. Scenic overviews are beautiful, though not dramatic."
--Susan Springer Butler, Scenic Routes & Byways Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"This hike is a series of walkway and boardwalk loops. They lead through magnificent travertine terraces formed by mineral laden hot water, limestone and carbon dioxide. The many colors of these terraces are from living bacteria and algae. These colors change at different temperatures. White and yellow are the hottest. As the water cools, brown, green and orange algae take hold. The mineral formations are shaped by flowing water from the springs and ground slope. These landscapes are in constant evolving motion. If you have an opportunity to visit in the winter, you will witness these hot springs at their best."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
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