Photo Essay: Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park
The Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited features in the park.
Located in the northern Mammoth District of Yellowstone National Park, the sights and photo opportunities are different here than anywhere in the park.
Terrace Mountain (in our photograph above) is the largest known carbonate-depositing spring in the world, and its beauty is magnified by a series of travertine terraces (the Minerva Terrace) that descend down the side of the mountain down into the Boiling River.
The beautiful contrasting shades of brown, orange, red, and green are produced from algae living in the warm 170 °F waters that flow from the top of the Mammoth Hot Spring.
Here, you can see the thermal waters flowing down the side of the mountain creating a boiling effect in a river caused by the spring.
We happened to catch the Mammoth Hot Springs in the beautiful late-afternoon light making our experience all the more incredible to behold.
We’ll never forget our visit to Yellowstone National Park, and the Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the not-to-be-missed features of the park.
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