Mammoth Hot Springs

Nature Trails · Wyoming
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.1 km
Duration
0:45h
Ascent
112 m
Descent
112 m
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Short hike to the unique hot springs and sinter terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.
Mammoth Hot Springs are hot-water springs, caused by the precipitation of lime and minerals at the surface. Algae and bacteria live in the hot water pools and thus ensure - depending on the water temperature - for the spectacular variety of colors that can change from year to year. On this short stroll along the most spectacular springs and terraces we learn more about this several million years old natural wonder and visit the most famous examples, such as Minerva spring, the Liberty Cap or Jupiter spring.
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Highest point
2009 m
Lowest point
1919 m
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Safety information

In hydrothermal areas the soil is thin and prone to breakage. Beneith the surface, there is boiling hot water. In the past visitors have already collapsed and died. Take children by the hand.

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Start

Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs (1918 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
44.972807, -110.703941
UTM
12T 523345 4979972

Destination

Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs

Turn-by-turn directions

First, the trail leads us to the west, past Liberty Cap, a 37 foot hot spring cone, which has piled by precipitation over the course of millions of years. We then walk to the impressive orange-brown shimmering palette springs, which are located to our left hand-side and in front of us. We follow the boardwalk to its end, then turn around and keep right, stay parallel to the road. At the next junction, we turn right follow the trail - counterclockwise - to the Minerva Terrace. These highly active sinter terraces often change their appearance and are therefore named after the Greek goddess of craftsmen. We then visit the New Blue Springs, the trail Springs and finally the colorful Canary Spring. We then turn back and pass  the Mound & Jupiter Terraces  on our way back . The Mound Terrace, in the 1940s named "the most beautiful sinter terrace", was dry for many years until it began flowing again just recently. On the other hand, the Jupiter Terrace was so active in the 1980s, that it repeatedly flooded the boardwalks. We then follow the path towards the southernmost of the three parking lots and return to our starting point, the Liberty Cap.

Getting there

Coming from the north on North Entrance Road (89) down to Mammoth Hot Springs. Stay on the main road until you see the  37-foot (11-m) hot spring cone Liberty Cap, to your right. park at the car park right next to it.

Coming from the south, follow the Grand Loop Road, past Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots up to Mammoth Hot Springs. there is a car park on your lefthand side, right in front of the 37-foot (11-m) hot spring cone Liberty Cap.

Parking

Car park Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs
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Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: January 06, 2016

Travel Guide: Nature trails in Wyoming


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