Fountain Paint Pot Trail

EASY 42 reviews
#20 of 203 trails in

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
13 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 months ago

Just so cool. Amazing sights.

hiking
4 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.

5 months ago

Went in July 2016.

6 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.

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

The paint pots are rad.

8 months ago

Nice and easy trail

nature trips
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

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