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Boiling River

North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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It was snowing and we were floating in a warm river. How can it be? Boiling water comes from the... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Emma A
Not on a map or GPS but worth stopping!

I traveled to Yellowstone in summer and knew nothing about this gem. I was traveling with family... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
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North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

It was snowing and we were floating in a warm river. How can it be? Boiling water comes from the springs, and mixes with the river. No frills, just the experience of getting in a river in the middle of the winter.

1  Thank Emma A
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I traveled to Yellowstone in summer and knew nothing about this gem. I was traveling with family who had purchased a Gypsy GPS guide that told us about various places in the park that were worth stopping at. No mention was made of the Boiling...More

4  Thank Epogel
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We stopped for an hour or so while exploring the park, and were pleasantly surprised. It was July, but we didn't have swimsuits on so we waded into the river in our shorts to feel the water. Probably wouldn't want to stay for hours on...More

1  Thank Logan M
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

You have yo enjoy an afternoon here! If you drive an RV, you might get the spot right before the bridge (heading south from the north entrance). Walk around 10 min to the hot springs that flow into the river. Experience one cold and the...More

Thank More Than B
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Watch for sign and parking areas on either side of the road while driving from Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner Mt.. There is a walk of about 1Km from the parking but be careful while walking. And yes, be careful while entering the water, it...More

Thank sorabh
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Definitely worth the effort. Was quite a challenge to walk in the river, where one leg was so cold it was nearly numb and the other felt it was on fire due to the hot water. I'd definitely recommend wearing water shoes. Once we made...More

Thank KCucumber
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We loved our soak in the Boiling River! Well actually the spot where the boiling river meets the Gardner River. A little challenging at times to find a spot that wasn't too hot or too cold or too crowded but overall very worth the short...More

Thank Stephysue76
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed soaking in the Boiling River. Be careful though. The rocks are slippery and the current is strong in places. As you walk out, you'll definitely hit some hot spots that set you on fire and have you heading for the colder water. Wear...More

Thank PJ B
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The Boiling River literally springs from the ground and runs a short distance where it falls into the Gardiner River. People have used river rock to help trap the hot water from the Boiling River to create hot places to sit and soak. It was...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Entered the Yellowstone through the North Roosevelt arch then parked my car and walked 3/4 mile to get to the actual spot. The path to the suitable hot spring area is a little cumbersome. I made a turnaround at the end of the path then...More

Thank Lydia H
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We plan to be near Yellowstone about August 20th, 2016. How do I find out if the trail/hot springs are open?
24 July 2016|
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Response from greysandy | Reviewed this property |
Just check with the rangers at the visitor center in Mammoth Hot springs. It is only a few miles from there.