Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs

The terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs are a sight to behold – living sculptures shaped by a large volume of water flowing across sloping land, and coloured by thermophiles (heat loving microorganisms). A series of board walks takes you round the lower terraces and a short drive loops round the upper terraces. Here are far too many pictures. I just don’t know how to choose.

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But that’s not all! Mammoth used to be Fort Yellowstone. In the early years of the National Park (established 1872) the Springs were threatened by poachers and souvenir hunters. In 1886, the army moved in and stayed for 32 years: many of the buildings erected then are now used as park headquarters. Cute squirrels too!

On the way to Mammoth, we admired Tower Fall and the Narrows – the far end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone which I wrote about in an earlier post.

Finally, we came across more wildlife on, or by, the road.

Yellowstone just gets better and better! In my next post, we head for Elephant Back and West Thumb.


62 thoughts on “Mammoth Hot Springs

  1. Heyjude November 21, 2016 / 11:40

    Quite an eerie looking landscape – and by the look of those trees, not an entirely healthy one either!

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    • Anabel Marsh November 21, 2016 / 11:49

      Too acidic! But it does show how the springs move – trees grow up, get killed off, more grow in another place – etc.

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  2. Chris November 21, 2016 / 12:18

    Pictures are superb. One has what looks like a giant maggot with a beady eye! Only ever seen one black squirrel, which was sitting on the low wall outside the large Library in Chicago.

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  3. nomad, interrupted November 21, 2016 / 12:54

    What wonderful photos of Mammoth Hot Springs and Fort Yellowstone. I always love seeing the bison in Yellowstone. Thanks again, Anabel, for taking me back to a place I haven’t visited in well over 35 years! 🙂

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  4. Pit November 21, 2016 / 14:19

    Now that’s quite a different Hot Spring than the Hot Springs [] we went to.
    Have a great week,

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      • Pit November 21, 2016 / 14:46

        But I’d really love to see them. Hopefully we’ll get up to Yellowstone some time soon.

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  5. Liesbet November 21, 2016 / 15:19

    Amazing landscape. I love all the pictures. And, the wildlife. Keep ‘m coming, Anabel! 🙂

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  6. tots2travel November 21, 2016 / 16:15

    Something definitely other worldly about your images. A captivating destination.

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  7. Denzil November 21, 2016 / 17:42

    I have always wondered where mammoths went to bathe. And now I know! 🙂 Lovely place, lovely post, as always Anabel.

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    • Anabel Marsh November 21, 2016 / 20:19

      Ha ha, thanks Denzil! Wouldn’t be much mammoth left if they bathed in one of these springs…..


  8. TanGental November 22, 2016 / 00:56

    It’s almost sinister in its alien feel yet some of it is stunning too. Such a weirdly wonderful place

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    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2016 / 07:49

      Sinister and stark, yes, but living which amazes me. All those micro organisms teeming away!

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  9. dconnollyislandgmailcom November 22, 2016 / 04:32

    Brilliant photos, Anabel. I look forward to your post on Elephant Back and West Thumb.

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  10. Birgit November 22, 2016 / 05:49

    These are great pics and I love the one where it looked like the water just “froze” in place. This would be something to see.

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    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2016 / 07:53

      Thanks, it’s just so amazing to see! It’s not a huge area, yet there are so many different types of spring and formations.


  11. lisadorenfest November 22, 2016 / 07:00

    😍😍😍 I can see why you had trouble choosing a picture of Mammoth Hot Sorings. Just glorious. I would hang the 5th and 6th on my wall. And oh that magnificent wildlife. I’ve never been to Yellow Stone but it’s in the list.

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    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2016 / 07:39

      Thanks. Yes, real trouble! I’m getting quite bogged down trying to blog about Yellowstone for that reason.

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  12. BeckyB November 22, 2016 / 09:38

    I find hot spring landscapes incredible . . so much destruction and yet beautiful and if you look carefully in the ponds you can see life. Loving your memories and photographs of your trip, wish I had found a way to have sneaked into your suitcase!

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  13. hilarymb November 22, 2016 / 10:05

    Hi Anabel – I hadn’t realised there was so much crusted lava around (probably not the right words .. but?!) – wonderful photos … and letting us know about the Park buildings now …

    No wonder you will have so many photos to choose from … incredible … love the bison – not something to tangle with … and the Falls, and the Narrows .. lovely – thanks – Hilary

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    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2016 / 13:27

      Yes, it’s just so different. We spent the whole week being amazed.


    • Anabel Marsh November 22, 2016 / 15:28

      Walking around the springs definitely felt surreal!


  14. Blue Sky Scotland November 22, 2016 / 16:27

    Impressive slow creeping over the landscape, like white lava. Unique environment captured well in your photos..

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  15. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) November 23, 2016 / 12:51

    Beautiful photos, I can see why you couldn’t narrow it down! I especially like the bison; I got to feed a baby bison at the Texas State Fair, and he was pretty much the cutest, though I think I would have preferred to see him in the wild.

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  16. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy November 24, 2016 / 14:12

    I love Mammoth! Did you know there’s a place near Mammoth where you can take a dip and enjoy some of the hot springs? It’s sort of hidden (and requires a walk), but if you ever get back, it’s sort of a hidden treat of Yellowstone.


  17. restlessjo November 25, 2016 / 08:53

    The world is full of incredible places, Anabel, and you seem to have seen your share 🙂 Love the shot of the bare twigs and the ‘teeth’ bizarre squiggles! So good with words, aren’t I? 🙂 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh November 25, 2016 / 11:06

      Thanks Jo – perhaps your facility with words momentarily deserted you there! But only momentarily.


  18. rosemaylily2014 November 25, 2016 / 11:06

    Wonderful photos Anabel – not surprised you were spoilt for choice! Cute squirrels too! 🙂

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  19. jazzfeathers November 27, 2016 / 20:41

    My goodness, just the photos are breathtaking! I can only imagine what the real experince might be.
    That looks like such an alien, and still so captivating environment. I envy you 😉

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  20. Green Global Trek November 28, 2016 / 06:43

    What a stunning and dramatic landscape! Would love to see that one day. Wow. I love the colors, the starkness and the variety of formations.

    Lucky you re wildlife! What a treat.


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