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Boiling River

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Address: North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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It was snowing and we were floating in a warm river. How can it be? Boiling water comes from the springs, and mixes with the river. No frills, just the experience of getting in a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was snowing and we were floating in a warm river. How can it be? Boiling water comes from the springs, and mixes with the river. No frills, just the experience of getting in a river in the middle of the winter.

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Montana
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I traveled to Yellowstone in summer and knew nothing about this gem. I was traveling with family who had purchased a Gypsy GPS guide that told us about various places in the park that were worth stopping at. No mention was made of the Boiling River despite us having passed by it at least 5 times. It lies between Mammoth... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We stopped for an hour or so while exploring the park, and were pleasantly surprised. It was July, but we didn't have swimsuits on so we waded into the river in our shorts to feel the water. Probably wouldn't want to stay for hours on end, but I would absolutely recommend stopping for the experience.

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1 Thank Logan M
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

You have yo enjoy an afternoon here! If you drive an RV, you might get the spot right before the bridge (heading south from the north entrance). Walk around 10 min to the hot springs that flow into the river. Experience one cold and the other hot legs. Just be careful you don't get burned!! Better bring sandals. Also be... More 

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Delhi
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Reviewed 27 November 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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Reviewed 25 October 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 

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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 October 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 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 26 September 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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Reviewed 25 September 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 

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Reviewed 23 September 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 

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