Table for Two – Lobby in Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Interior Room at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Table for Two © 2010 Bo Mackison

Yes, I’m still posting photographs from Yellowstone National Park, though this isn’t an ordinary shot. But it is one of my favorites. Is it the lines or the colors, the minimalism or the mood? I’m not sure.

This little room is in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, tucked just off the main lobby. The closed door, leading to a storage room, is quite short, and reminds me of an Alice in Wonderland portal. The stairs wrap around the room while allowing natural light to come in through the windows.

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was designed by architect Robert Reamer, who is most famous for designing Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was built in 1937. It’s quite a simple building, but lovely to explore.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I can see why it’s one of your favorites. I think it’s a combination of all three — the lines, the minimalism and the mood. I love that short door.

  2. It’s all those things and more – your natural, talented eye that noticed and captured forever the beauty of that scene. Also, this photograph makes me wonder what the rest of the building looks like – you have created interest, a curiosity to seek further. Nicely done!

  3. Anita Bower says:

    I like it too. Simple. Well composed.

  4. Yes – I can see why this is one of your favorites. The color..the lines.the composition…all work together so harmoniously and well.

  5. Absolutely love the simplicity of the lines in this image, Bo. Very, very clean!

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