Mud Volcano Trail

EASY 27 reviews
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Mud Volcano Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily 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.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

30 days ago

walking
1 month ago

This is a neat spot to check out and was one of the first we got to when we got into the park. Great path around the area and the Dragons mouth is pretty wild to listen to. Easy little walk around the path.

hiking
8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

9 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
9 months ago

Easy walk, stuff to see, watch for buffalo

9 months ago

10 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!

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Saturday, March 05, 2016

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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

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

nature trips
Sunday, August 23, 2015

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

walking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

hiking
Sunday, June 21, 2015

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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

hiking
Sunday, October 05, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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.