Our driving tour of Yellowstone National Park led us to a fascinating area in the northernmost part of the park: Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace. There, a walkway took us through a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine.
According to the National Park Service, Mammoth Hot Springs are a surface expression of the deep volcanic forces at work in Yellowstone. Scientists believe that the heat from these springs and the other thermal areas in the park are fueled by the same underground source.
That’s mind boggling to think about, since the park covers over 3,400 square miles!
This 1.75 mile hike should not be rushed; the area is unique due to the fact that these mineral terraces, composed on a bedrock of limestone, cannot be found elsewhere in the park.
We found the area to be absolutely incredible, and rated it a “must stop” on any tour of Yellowstone!