Mud Volcano Trail

EASY 79 reviews
#15 of 206 trails in

Mud Volcano Trail is a 0.7 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.

0.7 miles
114 feet

kid friendly



nature trips


hot springs


wild flowers


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.

11 days ago

So many mud pots. It's my first time to see the boiling mud. Very cute.

25 days ago

This was our first loop / home at Yellowstone, an excellent way to start. Relatively short and super informative, many interesting features to see.

26 days ago

everything is beautiful. it's all on a different scale of beauty

1 month ago

This was a nice walk. A lot of people complain about the smell. It’s not pleasant by any means but It didn’t bother me. Maybe I just happen to be there on decent afternoon. There was several bison on the trail to see as well. And I mean up and close.

2 months ago


3 months ago

Awesome. Other than mud pots and funerals saw buffalo

7 months ago

Such an interesting hike with lots of geological features!!

8 months ago

Interesting but a bit too smelly. Nice information if
You have a guide who is passionate about the area.
I enjoyed it with Wildland Trekking.

10 months ago

Good family friendly hike

10 months ago

The short walk was make all the more interesting with the 4 inches of snow the area a 'rather steamy' fog like look as you walked. Interesting area to explore.

11 months ago

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

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Do the whole loop. The uphill is hard for beginners but worth it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Easy walk, stuff to see, watch for buffalo

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

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

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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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

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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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.

Friday, August 09, 2013

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

Monday, July 01, 2013

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.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

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!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

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.

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