These mud springs are caused by the action of fumaroles which lead to a basin below the water table. The bubbling effect is caused by steam rising through ground water which has dissolved local rocks into clays.
The road from the south entrance of the park to the Old Faithful inn and Geyser Basin area, cross over this well known mountain range two or three times. Good picture opportunity, ey?
Just look at the elevation, it is hard to breathe for us flatlanders up there. I got winded just from focusing and pushing the camera shutter button.
The western cookout is a hoot. They serve you a very large sirloin BBQ'd steak cooked to your taste, baked beans, slaw, potato salad, corn, apple cobbler, biscuits, black cowboy coffee, and softdrinks. All the while cowboy Bob and his guitar will keep you entertained, and cowboy Bill will keep you coffee cup full. There are two ways to get to the cookout, by horse drawn wagon or by a one or two hour horse ride. $37 to $52 depending on what way of transport you choose. Meet at the stables by 3:45pm for the wagon ride, earlier for the horse ride.
Take a day hike away from the crowds.
One of our favorite activities in Yellowstone was the hike we took up to Specimen Ridge. It was so beautiful and we only saw a couple of other people the whole time. There are lots of petrified trees up there, but we only saw one. I think most of them are off the trail, but you can sign up for a naturalist-conducted hike to see those. This is a 17.5 mile trail, but we just hiked to the top of the ridge and back down. I think it was about 3.5 miles roundtrip. Watch out for grizzlies in early summer!
This formation is named after the unusual rock formation that makes up the cliff. These cliffs are located just south of the Mammoth area.
Great shot of the stream that runs by the cliff. The area has a nice picnic area and can be good for wildlife viewing in the early morning hours.
This is a series of steam vents located at the side of a mountain. The impression it gives is very surreal.
There are signs everywhere that tell you to stay on the walkways, yet you see footprints in some areas where there are no walkways.I find this disturbing.
These mud pots in spring boil and gurgle as there is moisture in the ground,come summer they dry up to a thick mud or clay like mixture.
I am leaving Mammoth Hot Springs. This is a picture taken on the way to Norris Geyser Basin.
The sign says : "45 parrallel of latitude, halfway between equator and north pole". I didn't know that's where I was... thought I was much closer to the north pole.
Dragon's Mouth gets its name from the manner in which the water surges out from the superheated source - like a flicking, liquid dragon's tongue.
A leisurely hike on a raised wooden walkway takes you to many gurgling, bubbling mudpots. Also here are some large geysers.
Mud geysers are nearly everywhere in YNP, you really can´t miss them. They are really impressive...and they stink a lot ;)
Horseback riding in Yellowstone allows the non-hiker to go a little bit into the back country. It is excellent exercise. Next to hiking this is the best way to see the inside of the park.
North Rim Drive, Wyoming, United States
Good for: Solo
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