Palette Spring via Mammoth Terraces Trail

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Very Easy
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0.5h
Distance
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0.5 km
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6 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The hike to Palette Spring via the Mammoth Terraces Trail is an easy walk in Yellowstone. This trail is both wheelchair-accessible and stroller-friendly. The Palette Spring is a spectacular hot spring that flows over travertine deposits colored with thermophilic bacteria.

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Route Description for Palette Spring via Mammoth Terraces Trail

Palette Spring via the Mammoth Terraces Trail is an easy trek to an incredible geothermal feature. This trail can get busy, especially at the height of tourist season. We suggest heading out on this hike early in the morning to beat the crowds. The trail to Palette Spring is both wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly. Palette Spring itself is a marvelous display. At Palette Spring, you will see scalding hot water cascading down shelves of travertine deposits. Colorful bacteria living in the extreme heat of these geothermal springs paint the travertine shelves shades of orange, yellow, green, and gold.

Beginning at the Northeast Parking Area, follow the boardwalk westward for a short distance to Palette Spring.

Enjoy your time at Palette Spring and bask in the beauty of this incredible natural feature. When you are ready to head home, simply retrace your steps back to the trailhead where you began.
For a longer tour that features even more geothermal wonders, check out the Mammoth Terraces: Upper Terrace Loop Trail.

Getting to the Palette Spring via Mammoth Terraces Trail Trailhead

This hike begins at the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces Northeast Parking Area.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May to October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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