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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Natural hot tub

After a day of visiting the sights of Yellowstone NP, it might be time to relax in a hot tub. If so, consider Boiling River, nature's hot tub on the Gardiner River just inside... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After a day of visiting the sights of Yellowstone NP, it might be time to relax in a hot tub. If so, consider Boiling River, nature's hot tub on the Gardiner River just inside Yellowstone NP. This is the only hot spring in the park that visitors can legally enter and if you would like to relax in a hot... More 

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Lilburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Having the chance to be outside in a natural "hot tub" is amazing. It was crowded, but worth the trip. One guy apparently didn't have a bathing suit and wore his "whitey tighties" which was strange and at first sight, funny and disturbing, but at least he was enjoying himself. I was so glad to have brought a towel and... More 

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Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My son and I drove by this area every day as we stayed in Gardiner MT. Sadly, I didn't bring along any swimwear. On our last night, we walked back the trail and my son ended up going in the river. So much easier for him with zip off pants. I did Mom duty and held onto the sneakers, shirt... More 

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Fargo, ND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a neat outing that I would recommend you experience. Get there earlier for smaller crowds and closer parking. We got there shortly before noon on a Sunday and got a spot in the closer lot by waiting a couple minutes, there were only a couple cars in the overflow lot across the street and not much more than... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We found this gem mentioned in a tour book, and were thrilled to dabble with some of the hot water we had to see from afar everywhere else. Leave Mammoth going toward the North entrance, and the parking is just a couple miles out of Mammoth Hot Springs, at the Montana state line. Parking is on left and right, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

OK I have to say that driving around the area of Mammoth Hot Springs is not for those afraid of heights! There are two little scary dropoff areas that go way up but once you are at the Boiling River you can swim and relax. Lots of parking in the area and fantastic views from the valley looking up once... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Finding the actual parking lot is key as there are no official signs. If you are coming out of Yellowstone Northbound the small Entering Montana sign is your only warning and there is parking to the right and overflow to the left. A little hike on the trail to the merging of the hot springs and the river is provided.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I've never even heard of a boiling river, this was so cool! Had a couple beers and enjoyed the hell out of this place.

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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A definite must try when you visit Yellowstone - a river that you can wade into and relax in warm parts just like a hot tub. There are parts that are actually too hot/cold to stay in for very long so it is really interesting to take in the different temperatures as you wade along. We had our three children... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Boiling River is not marked on any roadside signs and the trail to the "swim" area is not marked at all. The boardwalk is nice, but the river bottom is rocky and slippery and the current is strong. The water is great - both hot and cold, depending on where you are. The elk that came to visit on the... More 

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

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