Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs
As we arrived at the parking lot of the Mammoth Hot Springs, I knew why it has been listed as a must visit place in Yellowstone National Park. The view from the hot springs was stunning and impressive.
The Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of numerous hot springs on a hill of limestone terraces. Its hot water came from the Norris Geyser Basin, flowing underground. The hot springs were not created in just over a night but over thousands of years by hot water and depositing calcium carbonate.
Due to its fragile terrace, swimming is not allowed in the hot springs. I can’t imagine what would have happened if the million visitors were swimming in the hot springs. There are around 3 million people a year just visiting the Mammoth Hot Springs alone.
I am not a geologist, and I can’t explain more than what I have read before visiting the hot springs. For sure the hot springs are impressive and great for hiking. Don’t miss it when you are in Yellowstone National Park.