Yellowstone National Park is like many parks rolled into one. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone alone is worthy of being its own park. Another incredible feature that would be an entire park if it were anywhere else in the world is Mammoth Hot Springs.

I never saw hot springs like this before
I never saw hot springs like this before

The whole area is special, and I regret only being able to spend a couple hours exploring it. A herd of elk live in the village. They were everywhere: grazing and lazing around. This was the closest I was able to get to elk on my entire trip. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of them, because I was more interested in the incredible hot springs.

Is this the surface of Venus, or the top of Mammoth Hot Springs?
Is this the surface of Venus, or the top of Mammoth Hot Springs?

Mammoth Hot Springs is like no hot springs I had ever seen before. The springs are on a hill, and over thousands of years they deposited minerals, building up terraces. A boardwalk allows you to walk up to the top, where it looks like you’re on another plate. It’s a totally unique place, and once again I was amazed at the variety of wonders in Yellowstone.

There's more to see than just the hot springs. Here's a gigantic geyser cone.
There’s more to see than just the hot springs. Here’s a gigantic geyser cone.

The hot springs themselves were worth exploring for a couple hours. The area around the springs has more to see. You could spend a day here, but I only had two hours. I’ll have to see more next time. It’s impossible to see everything in Yellowstone on your first trip!

The eerie terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs
The eerie terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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