Lower Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs

We arrived at the northern border of Yellowstone National Park in midday. After soup and salad for lunch at “Outlaw’s Pizza” in the town of Gardiner, we ventured into the park to see Mammoth Hot Springs. The first landmark was Liberty Cap, a tall stone tower with a domed top (cap), formed from a dormant spring.

Liberty Cap

As we continued up the boardwalk, we noticed hot spring water streaming gently down from the strange red and white pigmented stone faces, amidst the dead but still standing trees. Here, steam rose up from the horizon and it began to smell like sulphur. The rock formations became stranger and stranger as we came to Devil’s Thumb, a large rounded rock formation, and the Palette Springs. The rocks here looked like large paint palettes filled with pools of spring water, decorated with strange lines from mineral deposit.

The Devil’s Thumb and the Palette Springs
The Palette Springs

We continued travelling up the boardwalk, eventually reaching a flat rocky surface that reminded me much of something from space, save for the pools of water from even more hot springs.

Looks like the moon! 😮
A dried spring near New Blue Springs

Further along, there were a number of more colourful springs. Trail Spring, was a distinctive red with a bright blue centre. It was also neat to look into the water since there were mineral deposits everywhere making strange patterns in the rocks and water. It was very hot here today, and even hotter with the heat of the springs.

Mineral deposits in the water
The area around Trail Terrace
The red and blue waters of Trail Terrace
Trees on the terrace

Next we saw Canary Spring. This large pool was at the far end of the lower terrace from where we started. Here, the water was also a reddish hue, but was encased in roundish yellow rock. A waterfall also sprouted near Canary Spring, where hot steam rose up.

Canary Spring
A waterfall at the Canary Spring

5 thoughts on “Lower Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs

  1. You should be a travel writer. I don’t think I will bother to take anymore pictures. I will just go to your site from now on!


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