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Fountain Paint Pots – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Paint Pots, Hot Springs, Geysers

Distance

0.65 Mile Loop

Elevation Gain/Loss

Minimal

Time Required

20-60 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

$25 park entrance fee

Water Info

You may want a water bottle in summer

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Boardwalk

Restrooms

At parking lot

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

At Old Faithful

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The Trail:

Fountain Paint Pots are a great little loop hike that is very easy and a great choice for families. It is located between Madison Junction, and Old Faithful. The whole hike is on a boardwalk with almost no elevation gain. I think these are the coolest paint pots in Yellowstone. You also get to see several other cool thermal features. There is a large parking area that can fill up quick. Be sure to keep all your kids on the boardwalk.

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The first feature you will see is called silex spring.

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Next up are the very pretty Fountain Paint Pots. I love the red and pink hues and mud pots have always fascinated me.

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Next up is a cool feature called the red spouter.

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Right by the spouter is Leather Pool.

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There are several geysers. If you are lucky like us you will get to see one. We saw Fountain Geyser.

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There are several areas where there are dead trees killed by the hot springs that surround the boardwalk.

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Personal Thoughts:

This is a great spot to get out and stretch your legs for a very easy walk with lots of features in a short time.

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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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