Fountain Paint Pot Trail

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Fountain Paint Pot Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 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 best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
22 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

no dogs

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).

hiking
4 days ago

A interesting hike. Lots of mud pots. One of the advantage of this trail is that there will not be so many visitor as other places in Yellowstone. You can get peace here.

walking
11 days ago

This our first stop and exposure to thermal activity. This was cool and worth the stop but it was crowded

walking
16 days ago

Quick walk in a geyser area. But it's very crowded and parking can take a while.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy boardwalk hike. Parking can be horrendous! Kids loved the trail and we loved the “new” hot springs and mud pots.

walking
1 month ago

Another beautiful sight at Yellowstone. Kid friendly and short enough to keep my four year old from getting tired and fussy.

walking
2 months ago

Yellowstone is simply amazing!

hiking
10 months ago

Just so cool. Amazing sights.

hiking
10 months ago

Part of the Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots across from Firehole Lake Drive offers a variety of geothermal features and is worth the visit.

11 months ago

Went in July 2016.

11 months ago

I loved this short walk! I went close to sunset and it was nearly empty. I was able to get parking, take my time, see some amazing sites, and get some great photos. It was such a nice change of pace from the busier attractions in the park.

11 months ago

The mud pots are super unique, and it's just a short walk from the parking lot.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The paint pots are rad.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice and easy trail

nature trips
Friday, May 05, 2017

good little spot to go see. can get crowded but the trail is easy and interesting

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Amazing things to see. Super easy trail.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Easy walk, do it if you have the time, but don't go out of your way for it

walking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

An easy walk to the pool. Do it if you're there.

walking
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Easily accessed and worth the walk

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Nice views of the hot springs and geysers. More walk than hike, but worth braving the crowds to see it!

walking
Friday, July 10, 2015

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!!

hiking
Sunday, November 23, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, July 14, 2014

Nice, easy trail, and as with most of Yellowstone the boardwalks make it an easy walk. Pretty crowded but worth the stop.

walking
Friday, August 09, 2013

Nice area but crowded

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