Mud Volcano Trail

EASY 49 reviews
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Mud Volcano Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Canyon Village, 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.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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.

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6 days ago

About as simple as it gets for a Yellowstone hike and a couple cool thermal features as well takes about 30 minutes

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walking
2 months ago

This trail displays some of the stranger and even disturbing sites at Yellowstone. Smells of sulphur and thick clouds of steam waft while you visit the mud volcano. Also watch out for bison they like the location because the ground is so warm and won't hesitate to cross the walking path you're asked to stay on.

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2 months ago

This was a very stinky walk, not surprisingly. Kids quickly lost interest in the fundamentals of an active volcano as sulfur filled the air. The dragon's mouth was a highlight.

hiking
2 months ago