Fountain Paint Pot Trail

EASY 40 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

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

Just so cool. Amazing sights.

hiking
9 days 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.

walking
27 days ago

1 month ago

Went in July 2016.

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1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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3 months ago

The paint pots are rad.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice and easy trail

4 months ago

nature trips
5 months ago

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

5 months ago