Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace Trails is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.
Sightseeing boardwalk around the hotsprings and terraces of mammoth hotsprings, with great views of the valley. The hike is a nice stroll along a boardwalk around the hot springs. Mammoth Hot Springs are the main attraction of the Mammoth District. These features are quite different from thermal areas elsewhere in the park. Travertine formations grow much more rapidly than sinter formations due to the softer nature of limestone. As hot water rises through limestone, large quantities of rock are dissolved by the hot water, and a white chalky mineral is deposited on the surface. Although visitors are sometimes confused by the rapidly shifting activity of the hot springs and disappointed when a favorite spring appears to have "died," it is important to realize that the location of springs and the rate of flow changes daily, that "on-again-off-again" is the rule, and that the overall volume of water discharged by all of the springs fluctuates little. http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/nmammoth.htm
I guess you can say this is one of those "must do's" but it's not as beautiful as I remember it as when I was younger, (due to lots of the spring that seemed to have dried up) you can do as much or as little as you want, Go once if you never been too...
Different scenery and a close up look of the hot springs. Buffalo were roaming around the area when I did this trail. Something to see!
A good walk, lots of scenery but lots of people
Went here with family years ago and loved it! Could spend so much time admiring the hot springs! So beautiful and so unique!
Did this trail yesterday. Beautiful and the kids loved running up and down the stairs. Yellowstone is great in winter as you don't have to fight the crowds.
This trail was cool right outside of mammoth and ELK standing around everywhere kind of crazy really very cool thing to see
A totally unique experience. The trail is a boardwalk that ascends the Mammoth Hot Springs. I've been here twice, and it looked so much different this time. Which springs are flowing changes over time.
One of my YNP favorites
Awesome trail, beautiful unexpected colors and formations. Highly recommended.