Warning: watch where you park. The steam vents were coming up through the parking lot. Quite funny. Also, possibly quite dangerous.
Dragon’s Mouth Spring is a small pool backed up against a hillside where a water and steam spew out of a cave, producing a roaring sound. A sign at Dragon’s Mouth Spring reads:
“An unknown park visitor named this feature around 1912, perhaps due to the water that frequently surges from the cave like the lashing of a dragon’s tongue. Until 1994, this dramatic wave-like action often splashed water as far as the boardwalk. The rumbling sounds are caused by steam and other gasses exploding through the water, causing it to crash against the walls of the hidden caverns.”
Dragon’s Mouth Springs is a fascinating geothermal feature located in Yellowstone National Park in the state of Wyoming, USA. It is part of the Norris Geyser Basin, which is known for its diverse geothermal activity.
Dragon’s Mouth Springs gets its name from the way the hot water and steam surge out of a cavern-like opening, resembling the mouth of a mythical dragon. This feature is characterized by its loud roaring sounds, which are created by the interaction between the steam and the water within the cavern.
The spring itself consists of a narrow opening that periodically spouts steam and water into the air, creating an impressive display. The steam escapes through small cracks, causing the cavern to rumble and produce a roaring noise. The sound is often described as resembling the growl of a dragon, hence the name.
Apart from the dramatic visual and auditory experience, Dragon’s Mouth Springs also emits a strong sulfurous odor, which is common in geothermal areas due to the presence of sulfur compounds.
Visitors to Dragon’s Mouth Springs can access it via a short trail in the Norris Geyser Basin area. The trail takes you through a boardwalk that offers a close-up view of the steam and water surges, allowing you to experience the power and beauty of this unique geothermal feature.
As with all geothermal areas in Yellowstone National Park, it’s important to stay on designated paths and boardwalks for your safety and the protection of the delicate ecosystem. Respect any posted signs or guidelines, and enjoy the awe-inspiring wonders of Dragon’s Mouth Springs while appreciating the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park.
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