Mammoth Hot Springs is one crazy section of Yellowstone. It’s described as an inside-out cave and I think that’s pretty accurate. It’s so unique, this section could probably be a national park in its own right. While not our favorite, it was cool and interesting and I’m glad we spent a few hours here. Should you be planning a trip to Yellowstone, the books say to plan for an hour at Mammoth Hot Springs, but it took us several hours because 1) it takes some time to find parking; 2) the boardwalks are crowded so you move slowly; 3) the restrooms are a half-mile away so if you park and then have to use the restroom (because it took 20 minutes to find a parking spot), that’s another 20 minutes before you see anything more than the Liberty Cap. But the restrooms are very nice and clean here!
Apparently, the Liberty Cap is a super big deal. My family of boys had a lot of comments about this. I’ll just leave it at that.
I don’t know where these pics were taken but it was definitely Mammoth Hot Springs
Overall, this was a great way to spend a morning in the park. There is a nice general store here too where you can get groceries and lunch items. Plus the clean restrooms!
More from our Grand Tetons & Yellowstone trip here.