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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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This is such a great river experience, and one of the best parts is that it isn't overly crowded. The two parking lots are about 2 miles north of Mammoth Springs, up Hwy 89, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Spokane, Washington
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Manhattan, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The trail was long and the water was extremely swift. The riverbed was rocky and treacherous. You could scald one leg while freezing the other leg at the same time, which was an interesting experience.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is such a great river experience, and one of the best parts is that it isn't overly crowded. The two parking lots are about 2 miles north of Mammoth Springs, up Hwy 89, but neither parking lot allows RV's or trailers. Not to worry, there are pull outs along the highway, north of the parking lots. This is a... More 

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Irwin, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is actually where the Boiling River meets the Gardiner River. The Gardiner River is freezing and the Boiling River river is "well" boiling. Swimmers stack rocks up to make a pool that limits the flow of freezing water into the boiling water. There are perfect spots there where the water is just right but it takes some searching. Often... More 

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This natural attraction is not well advertised, but it is just outside of Yellowstone National Park near the small town of Gardiner, Montana.The literally boiling waters of the Boiling River join with the icy Gardiner River, creating a natural hot tub. I would highly recommend wearing some sort of well secured shoes in the river. Quite uncomfortable underfoot if barefoot.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This place is awesome. The natural hot springs pours into the river and it created the perfect hot tub experience. It is about a 1/2 mile walk from the lot but there is a bathroom to change clothes. The water gets really hot and really cold instantly but it makes for a fun experience. There are lots of people and... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

About a 3/4 mile walk from where you park but a beautiful walk down. Very well maintained trail where you may see a deer or bison along the walk snacking on some shrubs. Well worth the experience.

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

If you find yourself in the Northern part of Yellowstone it is definitely worth a visit. The access is convenient and there is plenty of space for the growing crowds that seem to show up. That being said, going at off hours offers you the best chance to get your pick of spots in the river. While I was there... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I am so glad I found this gem of an adventure. The parking lot is not well marked but it was easy enough to find! If you are coming from Gardiner, (you will need to pay the park fee) the entrance to the parking lot is on the left just after crossing the bridge. There is also a parking lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

You'll need to buy an entrance pass into Yellowstone NP. The hike in is short and flat. There are bushes to change behind if you aren't too shy. The Boiling River exits a nondescript slit in the ground and runs a short distance to it's confluence with the Gardiner river. The entrance into the Gardiner river is easy, but the... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Worth a stop if you're in the park! Natural hot spring mixes with the Gallatin River, rocks are stacked up in a few places to catch the water and make soaking pools. Wear river sandals as the bottom is quite rocky. If you forget your suit you can buy one in Gardiner at the t shirt shop.

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Address: Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States  >  Wyoming (WY)  >  Yellowstone National Park

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