Fountain Paint Pot, Yellowstone National Park

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Hot Spring · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
Fountain Paint Pot catches the eye with its red, yellow, brown, and deep blue shades of bubbling mud. This is an ideal spot to observe various side effects of volcanic activity, from boiling mud pots and gushing geysers to smoking openings in the earth's crust called fumaroles. Stay on the wooden boardwalk at all times, and try to come in the winter, when the smoking pot of mud makes a startling contrasting to the surrounding snow. Put Fountain Paint Pot at the forefront of your travel plans using our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.
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  • This is an absolutely must stop. Here you will see all four types of geothermal features---hot springs, mud pots, geysers and fumeroles. You will walk an easy loop. Watch for the 'bobby sock...  more »
  • You will be showered by the Fountain Geyser. It is spectacular to watch! The walk up has a desolate feeling. But the serenity you feel is beyond words.  more »
  • Loved the hot pots. It’s a nice easy walk around a nicely built walkway above the hot pot floor. Very cool to see the different colors of the pools and the contrast in temperatures between all the pools. The backdrop of these pools is the scenic mountains of Yellowstone park. Highly recommend
  • Bubble bubble, beautiful colors. Not much walking involved here but you still get a great variety of things to see. The trail is highly accessible for those with mobility issues though there are stairs at one point that should be avoidable. My only issue was that the sulfur smell is STRONG at some of the thermal locations, don’t say you weren’t warned.
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