Our last stop in Yellowstone was Mammoth Hot Springs at the north end of the park. We stayed in this campground last year and liked it, and got an awesome site with a great view.
The Mammoth Hot Springs area is a group of hot springs on a hill of travertine. The features are referred to as “terraces”, and they look like large fountains. The area is huge – there’s a series of wooden walkways winding their way through the terraces ands springs, which you can just barely make out in a couple of the pictures. At the top of the terraces you get a great view back down towards the hotel and restaurant area.
During our stay in Yellowstone, I read the book “Death in Yellowstone.” Deas thinks I’m crazy, but I like to research all the ways I might possibly die when we visit the national parks. It’s just good planning! I think this stemmed from last year when we were charged by an elk – I did a little internet research to find out how common elk attacks were, which led to all kinds of crazy stories. Which in turn led me to that book. It’s actually a really interesting book, and in reading it I discovered that there is a cemetery inside Yellowstone. I grew up outside of New Orleans, where the graves are all above ground and therefore the cemeteries are fascinating and beautiful, so I’ve always been intrigued by cemeteries. I knew I wanted to find the one in Yellowstone, which turned out to be located just south of Mammoth Hot Springs. There are a lot of children buried here, some of whose stories were told in the book. The headstones themselves seem to tell their own stories – some of them with the details engraved on them, sometimes just by their simplicity alone. It’s certainly not a typical Yellowstone attraction, but I thought it was beautiful. I spent over an hour there taking pictures.