Hike to Artist's Paint Pots

Wyoming Artists Paint Pots

Added by Edward Day

Artist's Paint Pots is a mellow hike in Yellowstone National Park that leads to multi-colored geothermal hot springs.

From the parking lot, follow the boardwalk pathway until you reach the springs. The hike itself is pretty self explanatory. It is a very easy hike and very short. We did this hike to break up some of the driving through Yellowstone. The hike loops around the springs and comes back to the parking lot. The milky blue pools are caused by the silica that is suspended in the water and gives this place its name.

Note: These hot springs are for viewing only.

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Hiking, Photography

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Year Round

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1.1 Miles



Family Friendly
Hot Springs

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27 days ago

Nice short hike.

We stopped in here as we were driving south, quick stop. It was a nice short hike through some new forest towards the Paint Pots. They were very colorful and interesting to look at. A one-time visit for sure.

27 days ago

about 1 month ago

Great Colors

The Artist's Paint Pots are great for a small hike and they reward with wonderful colors.

about 1 month ago

3 months ago

Worth it

A feature of Yellowstone that is probably not on your must-see list, but is a great hike to break up the drive along Grand Loop Road.

3 months ago

5 months ago

An Easy Hike To An Iconic Spot

There's something very relaxing about watching the paint pots - a unique part of Yellowstone's that's well worth the short hike!

5 months ago

Added by Edward Day

Explorer. I like going places with my camera.

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