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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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A unique experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I took my daughter here back in 98. She was 13 then and liked it so much that she made me take her back there the next day. It wasn't that crowded when we went which was in August. The river is very cold and the spring water is very hot but once you find a good spot where they... More 

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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Great hot water. Just a reminder that you have to get into the cold river water first to reach the nice hot water. But it is will worth it. Had a bald eagle fly right over us while we were relixing. Can't wait to do it again

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Never experienced anything like a dip in the "Boiling River" before! One step to the left and you're getting boiled like a lobster - a couple of steps right and you're in an ice box! Once you find the perfect spot near a boulder, it's total bliss. Don't miss the chance to enjoy one of nature's incredible experiences.

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