Artists Paintpots Trail

EASY 89 reviews
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Artists Paintpots Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

1.0 miles
101 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


hot springs


wild flowers


no dogs

From this boardwalk trail, you can see colorful hot springs, two large mudpots, a fumarole, and a couple of geysers. The Artist's Paint Pots trail is an easy hike to several geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park. From the boardwalk, you can see colorful hot springs, two large mudpots, a fumarole, and a couple of geysers. Many of the geothermal features along this trail do not have names, and little is known about them.

10 days ago

It's colorful and beautiful here.

1 month ago

Loved this little walk through all the paint pots. Fun little walk

1 month ago

Pretty easy boardwalk to follow, interesting sights, restrooms less than desirable.

2 months ago

Beautiful but crowded

4 months ago

Pretty but gets crowded

10 months ago

Wonderful sights!

10 months ago

Short mud pot trail, there are much better areas to view geothermal activities. 3.8 miles/6 km south of Norris Junction, the lower portion of this colorful hydrothermal area is wheelchair-accessible. The upper trail to the mudpots is steep and rough, and not recommended for visitors using wheelchairs. Fountain Paintpots is a better viewing area.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nice gentle trail with very slight incline and a few steps. Plenty of geysers and beautiful sights.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Easy trail, but there are most beautiful place near this one

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mudpots! This trail is steep in parts and includes stairs. Not fit for strollers or wheel chairs. But it's a great little walk with plenty of geothermal features.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Steeper than expected for a very short hike, but worth it

Saturday, March 11, 2017

not really a fantastic place to see paintpots. Fountain paint pots are better. Views from the top were good though

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The colors throughout the paint pots is amazing. I took my time walking through and looking at this awesome site. I was there in November hiking and camping. The snow made the colors seem so much more vibrant.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Did this trail as a kid when family was visiting Yellowstone. I remember the vivid colors from the pictures. I recall being enthralled with Yellowstone.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pretty decent spot, great to see if you want boiling mud, has some decent color amoung it. Good stop if you have a little extra time

Friday, July 29, 2016

Nice, easy, and very interesting. The distance was not bad for young kids but there were plenty of locations where they could wander off the trail and hurt themselves. We started the day with this walk around 8:30 and by the time we were done, the parking lot had twice as many cars.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Really neat geysers in this area

Thursday, March 17, 2016

really cool area with cool paintpots

nature trips
Thursday, March 03, 2016

Not really a hike. Good for families who want to see the springs and paint pots. Definitely check this out.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Not at all a hike. It's an easy trail which kids and people on scooters go on. Scenery is decent. it's more of a place to see just to see.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Beautiful thermal features

Friday, July 31, 2015

This is one of my favorite places Yellowstone!!! I just love the mud pots!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

fantastic view from the top.

Friday, May 22, 2015


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Nice easy hike. Well maintained trail. Seeing the geothermal pots worth the short hike.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Short, but worth it to see the white bubbling mud!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fun, easy trail. My daughter loved the mud pots.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Easy walk. I liked the pot and the way the mud splashes

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beautiful colors along Easy for the entire family

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