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Artist Paintpots – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Distance

1.1 mile lollipop loop

Parking Lot Elevation

7,328

Summit Elevation

7,453

Elevation Gain/Loss

164 feet

Time Required

30-60 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

$25 park entrance fee

Water Info

None

Best Season

Any

Hours

None

Sun Exposure

Very little shade

Trail Condition

Dirt path, and boardwalk

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

No

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The Trail:

Artist Paint Pots is a good little hike that most anyone can do. It is rarely as crowded as the bigger basins in the park which puts it up several notches in my book. It is located between Madison Junction, and Norris. I have always been fascinated with mud pots and these are no different. The trail starts out going through young conifer trees. Be careful of wildlife as there was a young Bison in the parking lot guarding the outhouse. Do not ever approach these animals. They hurt more people by far than any other in the park, so make sure you keep your selfie stick at a distance from these beautiful animals.

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The trail opens up with views of the surrounding forested hills. These area was extensively hurt by wildfire which is why all the trees are so young.

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You will soon smell and see your first thermal features.

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You will climb an easy uphill on boardwalk to see the mud pots. Artist Paintpots themselves are very pretty and have been a little different every time I have gone.

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The views from the higher part of the trail are very pretty.

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The last part of the loop section has a couple more interesting pools and features.

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Personal Thoughts:

This is a fun little trail with several things to see and is usually not very crowded. It is well worth the stop.

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Technicality
3.0
Enjoyment
4.0
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Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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