Fountain Paint Pot Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

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 bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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
3 months ago

nice little impromptu stop during our day trip

hiking
8 months ago

The Spasm Geyser was my favorite! It was like a mini-Old Faithful that spouted constantly.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for kids/families to get a glimpse of all 4 geothermal features on an easy boardwalk.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice

hiking
10 months ago

Short but interesting

hiking
10 months ago

Great place to stop and see some of the unique formations Yellowstone has to offer. A subtle reminder the you are standing atop the caldera of a giant volcano. Very humbling.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved the blue star

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy boardwalk trail, but does have a few stairs at one place if that matters to you. Nice to see mud pot, and we enjoyed Clepsydra a lot since it is almost always erupting. This is a serene spot, with a nice breeze when we went and open area dropping off in gradual terraces from the boardwalk viewpoints nearest Clepsydra. Pleasant spot and not very busy. Easy on the feet after a long day.

hiking
10 months ago

Not too different from the geysers and springs near Old Faithful - I would say this is an either/or situation if you’re short on time. We were happy to have stopped and checked it out, but really not a must do.

hiking
11 months ago

pretty

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Not the most spectacular features of Yellowstone, but it’s still Yellowstone! I love the bubbling mud from both a scenic and scientific perspective.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a beautiful trail

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

Crowded, but worth it.

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

Easy boardwalk trail. Has some amazing natural features!

walking
Thu Dec 27 2018

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me with what she is capable of. Fascinating stop this was!

hiking
Fri Aug 10 2018

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
Fri Aug 03 2018

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

walking
Sun Jul 29 2018

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

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

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

walking
Sun Jul 08 2018

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

walking
Mon Jun 04 2018

Yellowstone is simply amazing!

hiking
Sun May 20 2018

Yellowstone is an amazing place. The geysers are each so different and crazy. Loved exploring here.

hiking
Sat Oct 14 2017

Just so cool. Amazing sights.

hiking
Mon Oct 09 2017

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.

Thu Aug 31 2017

Went in July 2016.

Sun Aug 20 2017

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.

Wed Aug 16 2017

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

hiking
Sun Jul 16 2017

Tue Jun 20 2017

The paint pots are rad.

Wed Jun 14 2017

Nice and easy trail

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