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Boiling River

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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Enjoy SPA but be careful

Watch for sign and parking areas on either side of the road while driving from Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner Mt.. There is a walk of about 1Km from the parking but be careful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 27, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Watch for sign and parking areas on either side of the road while driving from Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner Mt.. There is a walk of about 1Km from the parking but be careful while walking. And yes, be careful while entering the water, it can be extremally hot to cold. Find the spot where hot & cold water mixes... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Definitely worth the effort. Was quite a challenge to walk in the river, where one leg was so cold it was nearly numb and the other felt it was on fire due to the hot water. I'd definitely recommend wearing water shoes. Once we made it to a good spot (perhaps 30 seconds of a difficult walking in rushing water)... More 

Thank KCucumber
Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We loved our soak in the Boiling River! Well actually the spot where the boiling river meets the Gardner River. A little challenging at times to find a spot that wasn't too hot or too cold or too crowded but overall very worth the short walk to get there. Wear some water shoes for sure as it made walking around... More 

Thank Stephysue76
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed soaking in the Boiling River. Be careful though. The rocks are slippery and the current is strong in places. As you walk out, you'll definitely hit some hot spots that set you on fire and have you heading for the colder water. Wear your water shoes and take a friend to make the walk out easier. The walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

The Boiling River literally springs from the ground and runs a short distance where it falls into the Gardiner River. People have used river rock to help trap the hot water from the Boiling River to create hot places to sit and soak. It was amazing to sit in the rapid and cold flow of the Gardiner River and be... More 

Thank Susan M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Entered the Yellowstone through the North Roosevelt arch then parked my car and walked 3/4 mile to get to the actual spot. The path to the suitable hot spring area is a little cumbersome. I made a turnaround at the end of the path then climb down from a fence to get into the river. Amazing feel. The water temperature... More 

Thank Lydia H
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Just over the Montana boarder leaving Mammoth Hot Springs on the way to Gardiner, Mt. watch for sign and parking areas on either side of the road. Before walking the 15-20 min trail to the River access point, read the warning signs at the trailhead. Note that the water can cause some people skin irritation (I did not get), the... More 

Thank ralph r
Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I was so excited to stop here on our trip through Yellowstone and it was a highlight of our trip for sure. Drive 2-3 min from Mammoth Hot Springs (highway 89 North) and as soon as you see the entering Montana sign, pull over into the parking lot on the right. The walk to the point where Boiling River and... More 

Thank Paige P
Chicago, IL
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

My husband and I went to soak in the Boiling River mid August and found it to be a lot fun and relaxing. A few days later my husband came down with a itchy skin rash all over his hands, wrists, back and feet. There is a warning sign at the trailhead about this possibility of skin irritation. He went... More 

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Fairfax, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Found out about this place from reading Tripadvisor reviews and my family of five (3 boys) was looking forward to doing this. So glad we did. It is easy to find (and we had picnic by river first - though no picnic tables) and hike to river is pretty easy too. Parking on right or left is just little bit... More 

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