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Fountain Paint Pot, Yellowstone National Park

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Hot Spring · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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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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  • Another great stop along the route. Some beautiful colours and great photo ops. We visited in August 2021. 
    Another great stop along the route. Some beautiful colours and great photo ops. We visited in August 2021.  more »
  • Short loop trail mostly board walk that winds arounds the geysers and paint pots. Very interesting area. 
    Short loop trail mostly board walk that winds arounds the geysers and paint pots. Very interesting area.  more »
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  • Absolutely incredible. Coming into the park from the west entrance this is well worth seeing during the day! Avoid during early morning so that you can enjoy the vivid colors of the pools that are obscured by steam during cooler parts of the day. From the geysers to the mud pots and pools, there‚Äôs so much to see on this short hike along the board walk. The boardwalk is mostly accessible to strollers and wheel chairs other than some stairs on the northern end near the geysers.
  • After seeing all the geysers, hot springs and fumaroles, one would definitely witness something different here. The Bubbling tan, gray, brown, red and pink mud pots in the crater of Fountain Paint pot are worth a visit.

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