Fountain Paint Pot Trail

EASY 27 reviews
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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
29 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

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).

5 days ago

The paint pots are rad.

hiking
10 days ago

11 days ago

Nice and easy trail

1 month ago

nature trips
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

2 months ago

Amazing things to see. Super easy trail.

2 months ago

6 months ago

walking
8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

mountain biking
9 months ago

10 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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!