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Boiling River

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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Yellowstone and Glacier 2016 trip

My son loves to soak in the boiling river. Since our hotel is in Gardiner, he was able to go in the evening when the crowds thinned out. Be sure to pack water shoes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My son loves to soak in the boiling river. Since our hotel is in Gardiner, he was able to go in the evening when the crowds thinned out. Be sure to pack water shoes.

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Margate, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose to come here for 2 reasons. Lunch and it is in Montana. I had never been in Montana, so this is the ticket. A short 7 minute or so ride from Mammoth Springs Village. The picnic area is on the left. There were 4 tables. All were shaded. There seemed to be several paths leading off the parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the time during your visit to yellowstone, visit this area for a soak in the natural hot springs. Were shoes to navigate the river bottom easier. Walk upstream a little bit for a sandy bottom and nice hot water.

Thank Wesley V
Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I checked with the Albright visitor center and found out it was open again so we headed on the 0.5 mile hike to the swimming spot. It was fabulous! We did have to wait about 20 minutes for some bull elk to get off the hiking trail. It is a river with slippery rocks and unstable footing so you do... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the previous reviews, I was under the impression that the river would be open for soaking by end of June. Unfortunately the trail to the Boiling River is completely closed until late summer (advertised by Yellowstone that it is open autumn/winter). Will have to make sure to come back later in the year next time as this was one... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

You won't find the Boiling River on any Yellowstone map... but you might find a mention of it in travel notes or on blogs. Head north from Mammoth, and a few miles out you'll overlook a nice river with some elk & deer....and people in it. Then you come across a small sign for the Boiling River. Park & grab... More 

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This place can be fairly busy during the peak summer times in Yellowstone. I prefer going in the late fall when it's much quieter. At any rate, whatever time of year you decide to stop for a soak, it's worth it. One recommendation: bring river shoes. It's a little dicey walking bare foot in the river, but with some river... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Definitely worth the time to go for a soak. Been there a couple times and both times were great. Loved sitting in hot water outside. The hike out there wasn't very long. It was a gorgeous day. It wouldn't let me put the correct date.

Thank Andrea G
Casper, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Had never visited a hot spring in a "natural setting" before now...always slightly to completely developed pools. This was a both beautiful and a little terrifying. The sign posted (and park encouraged) entry point is upstream of the actual pools. So after a five or six minute walk from the parking area you enter in freezing water over slippery rocks... More 

4 Thank letsgogogofromWYO
Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016 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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