Mammoth Hot Springs was once “Fort Yellowstone”, the army post that was dedicated to protecting the National Park. In fact, the current Visitor Center was once a bachelor officer’s quarters. In addition to housing the information center, the structure includes a museum.
- Location – Located at Mammoth Hot Springs, 5 miles inside the North Entrance and at the northwest corner of the upper loop of the Grand Loop Road
- Open – Year round with possible closings on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- Hours – 8:00 am to 7:00 pm daily during the summer. Winter hours may be shorter.
- Services – Visitor information and a bookstore/gift shop. The Museum offers exhibits primarily of the history and the exploration of Yellowstone and some exhibits with a predator-prey theme. Park Rangers show film and video presentations every half hour in the summer and on request in the winter. Call 307-344-2263 for direct questions.
The Park Service operates a backcountry office inside the visitor center during the summer months. Here you can obtain backcountry camping permits, boating permits, fishing permits, and general information.