Fountain Paint Pot Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until September.
The Fountain Paint Pot area in Yellowstone has several springs, pools, geysers, a fumarole, and the Fountain Paint Pot. This trail is an easy 0.5 mile (0.8 km) loop boardwalk. You will see various hydrothermal features that are expressions of Yellowstone's volcanism. No two features are exactly alike, yet they can be grouped into those with a lot of water (hot springs and geysers) and those with limited water (mud pots and fumaroles). All of this area is within the lower Geyser Basin. Here you can view the four types of hydrothermal features: geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. Thermus aquaticus, the thermophile organism that revolutionized DNA processes, was discovered in this area. Great Fountain Geyser, on Firehole lake Drive, is the only geyser outside of the Old Faithful area that interpretive rangers predict (summer only).
Easy walk, do it if you have the time, but don't go out of your way for it
An easy walk to the pool. Do it if you're there.
Easily accessed and worth the walk
Nice views of the hot springs and geysers. More walk than hike, but worth braving the crowds to see it!
Parking was limited, but the trail was filled with cool features...it is kid friendly, as long as they obey and stay on the boardwalk. If not, they risk being burned by the hot pools. Full of cool geysers and hot spots!!
Cool and unique geothermal formations make this worthwhile. Not much of a "hike", which is the point because you'll want to spend time looking at all the cool features.
Nice, easy trail, and as with most of Yellowstone the boardwalks make it an easy walk. Pretty crowded but worth the stop.
Nice area but crowded