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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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People often ask if the hot springs of Yellowstone may be bathed in. Most would cook you instantly. But even the ones cool enough to survive entry into, if it is a source spring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Jackson, Wyoming
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Jackson, Wyoming
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372 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

People often ask if the hot springs of Yellowstone may be bathed in. Most would cook you instantly. But even the ones cool enough to survive entry into, if it is a source spring, entry is illegal. However, where hot water mixes with cold water out of sight of the road, it is permissible and Rangers will even tell you... More 

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Delano, Minnesota
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65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the craziest experience! You park and walk down an icy trail to the river. Upon getting in you see people's clothes and towels draped all over the fence. We heard voices, but didn't see anyone. Confused, we undressed and headed to the water. We assumed we'd just wade towards the voices. The first few steps were absolutely freezing.... More 

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1 Thank Msmotzko
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Went with 2 regular visitors who live in the area. Seriously thought I was getting hypothermia and/or scalded 90% of the time. The water also seems markedly hotter now than the last time I visited, 8-9 years ago also in January. Beautiful experience, but never need to do it again!

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We are a family of 4 from Australia with kids aged 13 and 14. I had been expecting this to be a bit grotty from what I had read on TA prior to arriving. There was a tiny bit of rubbish along the track but if I hadn't read about it on TA I'm not sure I would have noticed... More 

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3 Thank OnceWereBackpackers
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

This was a really unique experience for our family of 5. We're from Montana and swim in lakes all the time. A lady told us to wade upstream from where the fence starts as it's less steep and slower water. As soon as we got in, the kids noticed how warm it is. We went to the "pool area" and... More 

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1 Thank Kerry G
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

An amazing place and soak, in an amazing national gem of a park. Natural soaking at its best! Tricky to find, good luck!

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3 Thank evan g
garland, tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

And a challenge finding the right blend of super hot water from the Boiling River and the icy cold waters from the Gardiner River. When in doubt err toward the cold side!

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1 Thank samsherstad
Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

About 2 miles from the Northern Entrance (Gardiner, MT) and there is a parking lot off the road. The is an "outhouse" for changing clothes. Bring sun protection, beach shoes, bathing suit and a towel. The walk is 10-15 minutes on a dirt trail and is quite pretty. The area is an area of the river that has several pools... More 

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4 Thank Peter R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

a Yellowstone MUST do. Parking isn't that easy (crowded) and it's a bit of a walk to the river ... but ... you HAVE to do it. Find the right spot between too hot and too cold and just take in the scenery. If you are lucky an elk will join you!

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Norwood, NJ
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Though we did not go into the water, we enjoyed the walk along the river and were quite pleased to find a herd of elk enjoying the river. We watched them (at a safe distance of course) and took photographs. Could not have had a better time.

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