Mammoth Hot Springs is at an elevation of 6,735 feet, about 1,200 feet higher than Gardiner, Montana. We drove through Mammoth every day on our way into Yellowstone National Park. The U.S. Army had its headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs when it policed the park. Many of the buildings from that era remain and are used by the National Park Service. In addition there is a lovely hotel.
Mammoth also has a herd of elk who snarl up traffic regularly. There always seemed to be two park rangers assigned to monitoring the herd, although their real job was to monitor people who don’t understand that the herd is wild.
Of course, the big attraction at Mammoth is the travertine-depositing hot springs. The are a massive, strange, and beautiful.
The post office at Mammoth Hot Springs is guarded by two grizzly bear statues, the only grizzlies we saw in the park.
These houses were the officers’ quarters when Mammoth was the home of Fort Yellowstone.
One of the other attractive buildings in Mammoth.
The elk herd at Mammoth loves to graze on the old Fort Yellowstone parade grounds.
The textures and colors on these terraces are so beautiful and interesting, I am sharing quite a few photos.
This is looking north toward Gardiner, Montana. You can see the town of Mammoth Hot Springs at the edge of the terrace.
This is the Orange Spring Mound on the Upper Terrace.
Another structure in the Upper Terraces.
This is Angel Terrace in the Upper Terraces. Angel Terrace was dormant and drying up for decades, but became active again in 1985.