Yellowstone National Park: Mud Volcano

Bubbling mud pots, spewing hot springs and turquoise pools are jam-packed into this quick, 0.9-mile roadside jaunt in Yellowstone National Park.
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Bubbling mud pots, spewing hot springs and turquoise pools are jam-packed into this quick, 0.9-mile roadside jaunt in Yellowstone National Park.

Tour Mud Volcano's collection of bubbling mud pots, lively hot springs, and colorful pools on this memorable, 0.9-mile boardwalk stroll. From the parking area, hike south toward Black Dragons Caldron. The area's ever-changing landscape is apparent as you stroll around the boardwalk: barren slopes are visible where trees once stood.
After 0.3 mile, turn left onto a spur trail to Black Dragons Caldron. At the end of the spur, look over the railing for the rainbow of bacteria at the edge of Black Dragons Caldron. Bubbles rising out of the waters indicate constant geothermal activity. At the next spur trail, turn left to visit a turquoise pool.
Next, head north to the Mud Volcano's most popular thermal feature: Dragons Mouth Spring. Located inside a hillside cave, Dragons Mouth is a turbulent and noisy spring. Stay for a few minutes to listen to the spring's belching noises and to watch water and steam surge out of the cave's opening. Follow the boardwalk southeast back to the trailhead.

MORE PARK INFO: Yellowstone National Park, (307) 344-7381; nps.gov/yell/.
-Mapped by Jeff Chow

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 1.5

Waypoints

MUD001

Location: 44.6241595, -110.4329985

Hike south from the parking area. The area's ever-changing landscape is apparent from the trailhead. Barren slopes are visible where trees once stood. On the west side of the trail, the heat from the ground has killed the pine trees that once grew there.

MUD002

Location: 44.6208225, -110.4354849

Turn left onto spur trail to Black Dragons Caldron.

MUD003

Location: 44.620307, -110.4352194

At the end of this spur trail, look down over the railing for the rainbow of bacteria at the edge of Black Dragons Caldron. Bubbles rising out of the waters indicate constant geothermal activity.

MUD004

Location: 44.6207022, -110.4357827

The turquoise pool at the end of this spur may look inviting, but stay away. The dead trees standing in the water are a good sign to not take a dip.

MUD005

Location: 44.6243237, -110.4344791

Continue straight at this T-junction for the finale: Dragons Mouth Spring.

MUD006

Location: 44.6252018, -110.4347312

Dragons Mouth Spring: Located inside a hillside cave, this volatile and noisy spring is Mud Volcano's most popular thermal feature. Stay for a few minutes to listen to the spring's belching noises and to watch water and steam surge out of the cave's opening.

MUD007

Location: 44.6248926, -110.4338086

Reach the parking area and the end of your adventure.