Boiling River Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gardiner, Montana that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This is an easy there-and-back hike with a hot spring to soak in at the destination. The hot springs are closed to swimmers during spring flooding (undetermined date in May until undetermined date in July usually). Boiling River closes at 18:00 hours.

hiking
7 months ago

If the small parking area is full, there is another lot across the street. This was on our YSNP bucket list and it didn’t disappoint. Easy hard packed trail that leads to the convergence of mammoth hot spring and Gardner river. Enjoy your soak

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy hike to the boiling river access point, but we kept going on a path along the river. There was a nice breeze and it was warmer than expected.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

This is the most beautiful hot spring I've been to in the US. Will now do this every time I come to Yellowstone!

hiking
8 months ago

IMPORTANT ! Boiling river ferme à 18h00, nous sommes arrivés à 18h30 et l'accès y est interdit. Ce n'était écrit nulle part. Planifiez y arriver tôt

hiking
8 months ago

closed?

hiking
8 months ago

Fun experience of the icy cold river water and the super hot spring water mixing. There are rocks outlining the best places to sit and relax. We went on 8/28/19 and it was hot outside. Be prepared for hot and dry conditions and be sure to take a water bottle or at least have some back in your car for when you are done. We were rewarded with a curious female elk who came within 25 yards of us while we were soaking. Such a cool experience!

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing! loved it we went at 8am and I'm glad we did it gets REALLY busy later in the day. we had less then 10 people when we went.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail itself is very easy, but includes a nice river view. The best part is swimming/wading in the river! It is truly a unique experience. The current is difficult to walk through but well worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Love it here, come back twice in 2 days.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this special place. Had a nice time soaking in the hot springs.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike with an awesome swim!

hiking
10 months ago

Pas fermée. Difficile de se garer mais c’est une expérience spéciale de se tremper dans un mélange de courant très chaud ( venant de boiling river) et une eau fraîche venant de gardiner river. Ça vaut le coup. En plus un élan est venu boire.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing hot springs in a gorgeous setting. Easy, short hike. Got there around 9:00am and had the place almost all to ourselves .

hiking
10 months ago

The trail & soaking spot is now open!

hiking
closed
11 months ago

Closed, high water

hiking
11 months ago

Very crowded. Nice warm/cold swimming area.

hiking
Thu May 09 2019

The water is too high so there are lots of signs that say it’s not open to swimming. Current is quite strong

hiking
Wed May 08 2019

Really amazing to have such a feature like this! Bring a bathing suit!

hiking
Mon Apr 22 2019

Easy, short hike to an AWESOME little river that is literally, nearly boiling. Bring a bathing suit to make this one a 5 star!

hiking
snow
Sun Apr 07 2019

Nice little trail, and what a treat at the end to relax in boiling river!

Wed Nov 28 2018

Fun spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature!

hiking
Tue Oct 23 2018

Wouldn't really call this a hike. More of a simple walk. Still fun though.

Sat Sep 22 2018

best time was at 7:30am. no crowds

nature trips
Sun Sep 02 2018

Crowded but opens at 5 am bet it would be perfect then.

walking
Sat Sep 01 2018

Crowded, touristy and lots of bathers in the water at the end. Eh.

Sun Aug 05 2018

A walk not a hike! Expect to not go at your pace as your walking with many others. However; it leads you to the end destination of a “soak”.

Fri Jul 06 2018

The trail looks amazing but it is shut down right now due to high water :( disappointment!!

hiking
Mon May 21 2018

Easy little walk to the Boiling River. Such a fun time. Read my blog post (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/15/boiling-river-yellowstone-national-park) and watch my vlog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-06iSXOUc&t=5s) PS you have to pay to get into Yellowstone Park to get to this area.

Sun Sep 11 2016

Soothing to the body and soul. Nothing quite like submitting to the colossal powers of the world's largest super volcano by relaxing in the boiling waters just above it's monumental caldera. I believe that the parking lot closes at 7pm or sundown and it is strictly enforced so be sure to get there in ample time to enjoy the magic waters of the Boiling River.

hiking
Sun Jul 17 2016

Nice easy hike and the river is so awesome! Perfect for a soak after a day of hiking!

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