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Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin

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  • Dead trees in the thermal plain.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Streams colored by heat-loving microorganisms.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Celestine Pool.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Fountain Paint Pot.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Fountain Paint Pot.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • The geysers in this area continuously erupt.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Geysers of Lower Geyser Basin.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Lower Geyser Basin.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
  • Lower Geyser Basin boardwalk trail.- Fountain Paint Pots + Lower Geyser Basin
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Pros: 
Interesting and beautiful thermal features. Easy boardwalk trail.
Cons: 
Crowded parking. Busy trail.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
35.00 ft (10.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,288.00 ft (2,221.38 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail in Yellowstone National Park's Lower Geyser Basin is an extremely popular spot with a very congested parking lot. The walk is worth taking as it shows off an amazing array of thermal features in a small area.

The namesake of this hike, the Fountain Paint Pot, is similar to the Artists Paint Pots: an acidic spring that dissolves the surrounding minerals into a multi-colored muddy goo that bubbles ominously. There is a large cluster of geysers along the path that erupt frequently, some almost continuously, so there is always a lot of action at the far end of this loop. There are two very beautiful hot springs along the path very close to the parking area—the Celestine Pool and the Silex Spring—and a cluster of dead lodgepole pines that make a stark picture on the white mineral-crusted ground.

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