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The Mammoth Hot Springs area is best known for its hot springs, billowing clouds of steam and multi-colored pools and impressive gardens of calcium-rich stone that make up the miles of travertine terraces that dot the northwestern corner of the park. These travertine terraces make up the largest concentration of travertine accumulations in North America. Giant cones like the 37-foot Liberty Cap and stepping-stone ridges like Minerva Terrace are scattered across a two-square-mile section of Yellowstone's Upper and Lower Terrace areas.
Located five miles from the park's north entrance at an elevation of 6,239 feet, The Mammoth Hot Springs complex is situated at the northern end of the Grand Loop Road between several scenic picnic areas and campgrounds. The area also is home to historic Fort Yellowstone, a former military compound that served as lodging and administrative facilities for the US Calvary during the late 19th century.
Public services include the well equipped Albright Visitor Center, several restaurants, a campground and the famed Mammoth Springs Hotel. Museums, a ranger station and a medical clinic also are on site.
Various recreational opportunities exist in and around the Mammoth Springs area, including river rafting (the nearby town of Gardiner, Montana, at the North Gate, serves as a hub for river-rafting outfitters).
Wildlife viewing includes the pronghorn antelope, which can be seen in the sagebrush flats around the park's North Gate.
Hiking includes several well marked interpretive walks around Mammoth Spring's Upper and Lower Terraces and numerous longer trails throughout the area, several which provide circular tours and spectacular views of the northern backcountry.
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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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