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Madison Junction, which is located south of Mammoth Hot Springs, is best known as the place where Yellowstone was born. Positioned at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers on the Madison Plateau, the small log cabin visitor center and museum are quaint reminders of Yellowstone's modest beginnings. The idea of a national park "for the People's benefit" was reportedly conceived around a campfire at this location during the Washburn, Doane and Langford exploration of the Yellowstone area in 1870. Congress endorsed the idea two years later.
Natural wonders abound throughout this area. South of Madison Junction, at the end of Fire Hole Lake Drive, is Fountain Paint Pot, an amazing expanse of geysers, multi-colored mud pots and hot springs. Gibbon Falls, north of the visitor center and Firehole Cascades, south of the center offer expansive views of some of the park's famous waterfalls.
The Madison Junction information center, built in 1930, is a National Historic Landmark. Its wood and stone rustic architecture reflects the "parkitecture" concept that became a prototype in the early 1900s. The building houses a Yellowstone Association bookstore and several small historical exhibits.
Swimming is available at Firehole Cascades.
Hiking trails of various difficulty wind throughout the Madison area.
Visitor Center facilities
Location: 14 miles east of town of West Yellowstone
Phone: (307) 344-2821
Seasonal hours: June-September, 9:00 - 5:00 daily
Campground adjacent to visitor center.
Motels and lodges located in West Yellowstone and at Mammoth Hot Springs (35 miles north) and Old Faithful (16 miles south).
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Compass American Guides: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, 1st Edition by Brian Kevin. Fodor's Compass American Guides have a new design and practical information you need to make the most of your visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Easy-to-use practical information you need to get around and experience the best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Order now...
The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone by Matt Bolton. Sized perfectly for backpacks this guide offers specifics on food, what to see, children's activities, weather, wildlife, seasonal road closures, ranger programs, visitor centers, what differentiates each section of the park and more. Filled with information, phone numbers, web sites, and detailed maps this is the tool to use when planning a trip to Yellowstone. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Yellowstone National Park by Don Pitcher. 80-page compact guide covering must-see attractions and maps with sightseeing highlights. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps. Order now...
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country by Seymour L. Fishbein. Yellowstone Country tours the stunning region that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a mosaic of national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, countless waterfalls, hot springs and two-thirds of the world's active geysers. Order now...
Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple. Easy-to-understand scientific explanations and diagrams complement detailed travel tips. This revised edition includes 270 pages of road logs and enhanced information for senior and disabled visitors and tips for visiting the park with children. Fully revised geological, historical, and practical information. Order now...
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