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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Great spot, a must do!

Very neat area not far off the main road near the north entrance. Not highly advertised but a must do in our opinion! Great way to relax and immerse yourself in nature... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very neat area not far off the main road near the north entrance. Not highly advertised but a must do in our opinion! Great way to relax and immerse yourself in nature. Recommend a suit and swim shoes!

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Woodstown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

something that Yellowstone doesn't advertise. It was so awesome after seeing all the geothermal wonders to actually soak in a "natural" hot tub. Be careful with children...the water entering the Gardiner River are truly boiling. A great way to spend an hour.

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Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My children loved this stop the best. Swimming in a warm mountain river fed by hot springs. Not smelly but sections near the springs were very hot- scalding! So be careful with young children. Many elk were there too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Bring you swim suit and a pair of shoes you don't care about or water shoes. Hot and cold at the same time. Be careful though it is easy to get in a hot pocket quick..little kids may not be a good idea, plus those kids should know how to handle themselves in water. The current isn't too strong for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We happened upon the boiling river and just went in fully dressed in jeans and t-shirts. It was a great experience with the cool river water and hot springs water mixed in. Wish we knew to wear swimsuits and bring towels. Just remember to wear shoes or boots because you have to step on many rocks to get to the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a fun diversion this was for all of us. We stayed for about 45 minutes, going from hot to cold to warm waters. Remember to bring a towel as it gets cold on the LONG walk back to the car. Also recommended: good water shoes. The current is strong and the rocks can be sharp.

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

First, let's be clear. The only thing this trail and location have going for it is the fact that it is one of the few spots you can legally bathe / swim in a stream located by a thermal spring. That said, the location is always overcrowded with cars filling the pull-out and RV loads of families splashing around. I... More 

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Rockford, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Bring water shoes. We hiked a nice trail by the river to the springs. We were happy just wading in the water and feeling the different temperatures. There are some very hot areas. It was pretty busy but worth it.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We stopped by the Boiling River hot spring area as we were driving out of the park. There is no sign, but it is located halfway between Mammoth at Gardiner at the Montana state line. There is a parking lot on the east side of the road and overflow parking on the west side. You will walk about 1/2 mile... More 

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Fox River Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Not that well publicized, this is the only hot spring within the national park that visitors can legally swim in. About a half mile easy hike, and you come to a point where the boiling river meets the Gardiner River. This unique location allows you to wade in the water where the two rivers meet, creating a hot tub experience,... More 

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