Have you heard of Yellowstone National Park's best kept SECRET the Boiling River?
What is the Boiling River you ask?! It's an area on the Gardener River where natural hot springs flow into the river, creating the perfect hot tub! You can move around the water, depending on how hot you like it, find your perfect spot, then relax with friends. It's kind of fun because the water temperature, even if you don't move, is always changing with the flowing river. If you get too hot you can always cool off in the river!
Elk can often been seen enjoying the warm waters and as you can see below plenty of humans make their way to the springs too, especially on the weekends!
Where: Boiling River, Montana/Wyoming border near Gardiner
When: January 2018
Trail Distance: 1/2 mile
Distance from Bozeman: ~1.5 hours
The Boiling River cannot be seen from the road and there are no signs for it on the road so you have to know where to go! There are two parking areas, one on each side of the road, and there is a pretty nice outhouse at the trail head, which is nice after the long drive from Bozeman.
As you can see, the Boiling River is family friendly keeping in mind the dangers of boiling water and children. Most people hang up their clothes and towels along the fence near the entrance to the river.
"Driving south from Roosevelt Arch on Hwy 89/N. Entrance Road, look for a sign that says “45th Parallel of Latitude Halfway Between Equator and North Pole.” Drive a short distance farther south (about three miles south of Roosevelt Arch) and look for a parking area on the east side of the road. Park here, and then walk upstream about a half-mile from the parking area to where the footpath intersects with the river. There, you’ll find the Boiling River, marked by large steam clouds."- source: https://www.yellowstonepark.com/things-to-do/swim-yellowstones-boiling-river
I would recommend the following things for you to bring. I have linked similar items below, of which I receive a small percentage if you buy, however I would NEVER recommend something I wouldn't own myself. I always try to link the actual products I have/own whenever possible.
Bathing suit - I am a LOVER of one-pieces and I got mine here... I get SO many compliments
Clothes - including long underwear, snow boots, hats, gloves, ect in the winter! We all wore sweat type clothes for easy off and easy on
Water shoes - if you have them
Don't forget your car keys. And the area is busy enough that I don't think you need bear spray.
CAREFUL! The rocks can be quite slippery and we saw a lot of people fall. I wore my Keen water shoes and I think that helped! The park service asks that you post pictures of the area using the hashtag #YNPBoiling2 so they can track changes to the area over the years.
The area is absolutely gorgeous and I would highly recommend you visit. We stopping in Livingston on the way back and had a delicious dinner at the Rib and Chop House.
PS - no skinny dipping, no alcohol, hours are sun-up to sun-down! And of course be respectful and stay on the path.
Due to your body temperature being higher from sitting in the hot springs, the water back is surprisingly not that cold. I was much colder on the walk there. I would highly recommend you bring a dry set of clothes, socks, underwear, bra, pants, shirt, to change into once you get back to the car and take your suit off. I would also recommend a few towels and definitely a hat in the winter! We didn't get our long hair wet and I think that really helped us avoid getting cold.
I am SO excited to announce I have completed my FIRST VLOG of the whole experience! Check it out below! Let me know what you think - I would LOVE feed back since it's my first one :)
If you are wondering about my camera set up.... I use this camera/lens for photos and the smaller camera for vlogging, also used by ZOELLA. I like the lens for traveling because it zooms in nicely and has great aperture but can also zoom out and take a picture of scenery. It's highly recommended if you just want one lens for everything.