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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Interesting and beautiful thermal features. Easy boardwalk trail.

Cons

Crowded parking. Busy trail.

Trailhead Elevation

7,288.00 ft (2,221.38 m)

Net Elevation Gain

35.00 ft (10.67 m)

Address

Fountain Paint Pot Trail
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
United States

Features

Hot springs
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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