View Pictures Of The Liberty Cap In The Yellowstone Mammoth Hot Springs Area

by Adam on October 3, 2010

The Liberty Cap In The Mammoth Hot Springs Section Of Yellowstone National Park

The Liberty Cap In The Mammoth Hot Springs Section Of Yellowstone National Park

The Liberty cap is one of the first things you are likely to see when you visit the Mammoth Hot Springs section of Yellowstone National Park.  The Liberty Cap gets its name from its shape.  It is a 37 foot high hot spring cone that looks much like the peaked caps worn by soldiers during the French Revolution.  In order to grow to 37 feet, one hot spring had to stay active for hundreds of year and have enough pressure to push water up through the cap to continually add more mineral deposits to the top of the cone.

The Libery Cap And The Lower Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces At Yellowstone National Park

The Libery Cap And The Lower Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces At Yellowstone National Park

The hot spring that created the Liberty Cap either dried up, got blocked or shifted so that water no longer bubbles up to the top.  There is no sign anywhere around of a hot spring that may have once supplied the mineral laden water that created the Liberty Cap.  Parking by the Liberty Cap is more plentiful than at the terraces above the Liberty Cap.  Most any time in the spring, summer or early fall parking in the Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone can be crowded at best.

The Relatively Small Parking Area By The Liberty Cap In The Mammoth Hot Springs Section Of Yellowstone

The Relatively Small Parking Area By The Liberty Cap In The Mammoth Hot Springs Section Of Yellowstone

If you visit during peak season you may have some difficulty finding a parking spot or have to walk a way to get to the Liberty Cap and especially the upper terraces above the Liberty Cap.  When in the Mammoth Hot Spring Terrace section of Yellowstone, be sure to drive or walk to the top of the Upper Terrace Drive to see the Orange Spring Mound.  It is on the other end of the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces but one of the most beautiful sights in this area of the park.

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