Mud Volcano Trail

EASY 21 reviews
#10 of 168 trails in

Mud Volcano Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY 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 accessible from May until October.

0.8 miles 130 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Turbulent pools of hot, muddy water, hillsides strewn with trees cooked by steam, strange odors, and a bizarre landscape. This sums up a normal experience when visiting the Mud Volcano loop or as some call it "Cooking Hillside". Mud Volcano has been described as "most repulsive and terrifying" by early explorers. The volcano-like cone stands 30 feet high by 30 feet wide, with mud erupting and covering nearby trees. The area is called "Cooking Hillside" because the surround landscape has soil temperatures of 200 degrees. Some of the other features of the area include Mud Cauldron, Mud Geyser, Sizzling Basin, Churning Cauldron, Sour Lake, and Dragon's Mouth Spring.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Best boiling mud in the park, plus you always seem to catch a buffalo or two here as well, easy walk, good place to stretch the legs

walking
4 months ago

Easy walk, stuff to see, watch for buffalo

4 months ago

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Could spend so much time admiring the hot springs and mud pots! So beautiful and so unique!

9 months ago

Really short and cool loop, got surrounded by buffalo during Mating season, cool experience.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

More of a scenic stroll than a hike, but pretty unique

nature trips
1 year ago

Neat stinky spot. The Dragon mouth cave is the coolest.

walking
1 year ago

You can't call this a hike, but it's a nice walk.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

It rained and hailed, but the hike was well worth it. I wouldn't let a little pea sized hail stop me from njoying my time in Yellowstone.

hiking
1 year ago

Lovely and stinky place to stop and take a short hike around some very interesting mud pools.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Another fun geyser basin within Yellowstone. A short paved/boardwalk trail. The area seems to be frequented often by bison. There was even one standing right next to the trail as we did this hike. The sulfur smell always reminds me of being in Yellowstone, and this place smells like sulfur.

2 years ago

walking
3 years ago

I always like stopping here. Its a short walk and has good variety. I like the noise it makes

hiking
3 years ago

One of many geyser basins in Yellowstone. The area reeks of sulfur, and is frequented by bison. The Dragon's Mouth Spring is probably the most awesome.

hiking
3 years ago

The place smells. Still fun to see. Very short site seeing trail. We saw a big wolf during the hike also. He was not ob the trail, but one level up on the mountains. Far enough that won't cause harm. He's beautiful!

hiking
4 years ago

Really offers incredible geology. There are better hikes in Yellowstone, but still incredible. IMO there really isn't any hike in Yellowstone that deserves below a 4 star,Yellowstone is marvel.

hiking
5 years ago

Fun little area. The mud volcano was definitely not as exciting as the Dragon's Mouth Spring which was located about 100 ft from the mud volcano. Dragon's Mouth Spring was making lots of hissing noises and was a joy to see.