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Boiling River

North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Spas
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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My favorite natural hot tub! Have been here before and will definitely go again. We usually go here in winter so must be prepared to hike in the cold and get out of wet bathing suit and back into warm clothes quickly! Highly recommend water shoes/sandals, but I always forget so no worries, you can do without. Our accommodations in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We found out about it from the management at the Yellowstone Gateway Inn in Gardiner. They called it the worst kept secret in Yellowstone only because its not marked. Too funny. Its literally like a hot tub in the middle of nature. We'd go here each morning around 9 am...it can get crowded later....and would just soak for an hour... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

It was chilly, it was rainy, and I wanted hot springs. This is one of a small handful of places you can swim in Yellowstone, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. Now this is not your typical hot spring with bath water temperatures. It is a place were a scalding geothermal spring mixes with cold river water in... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Don't bother with this in the summer, as it will be packed, but off-season it's a great place to spend an hour or two. Use caution: The water coming out of the boiling river is scalding hot. Contrarily, the Yellowstone is frigid. The river was running low when I was there last, so not a lot of water from the... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I found Boiling River by Googling for "swimming in Yellowstone." This is not a natural solitude type experience. You won't be the only ones there. While it does not show up on the official Yellowstone map, lots of people seem to know about it. Other reviews will tell you how to find it. Read them. We missed it at first.... More

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Czech republic
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We didn't plan to visit this place (to be honest we didn't know about it). Because of our trouble with the car we had to stay one more day in the Mammoth Campground. One local woman, who helped us a lot, recommended us this wonderful place for relax (Thank you Joy!). So we walked there from the Mammoth Campground and... More

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New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Was a ton of fun. Went here with our 3 teenage children and loved it. It is an adventure to navigate this river which gets hot water from the springs. It is very rocky and slippery so would highly suggest bringing water shoes. Spent several hours here, and would say it was one of the highlights to Yellowstone.

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Beachwood
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Where else can you relax sitting in a river bed with flowing water from two rivers merging together; one being glacial run-off and the other being underground thermal boiling water? After a long day touring the northern sights of Yellowstone; it was a very unique way to relax. Parking is limited, with tiny lots on both sides of the road,... More

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Clancy, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We learned of the Boiling River from some friends. It is not marketed very heavily (unlike some other places in Yellowstone!). We visited twice in August 2013, and both times, really enjoyed the experience. It is about 3 miles in from the North (Gardiner) entrance. You cannot miss all of the cars parked in the lots and along the roadside... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Boiling River is just a short drive from Mammoth Hot Springs and is definitely worth the experience. It is well known, but ask for driving directions to be certain you take the proper route. It will be identified by small parking lots on both sides of the highway, and you will find entry to this natural spa by walking approximately... More

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