Fountain Paint Pots is one of the shorter trails in Yellowstone National Park that has many thermal features to view as you hike. The thermal features are also some of the most entertaining you will find in the park and possibly the world.
The parking lot at Fountain Paint Pots is flat so there are no hills to climb and the trail starts out as a nice board walkway that is wide with plenty of room to walk on. As you begin your hike you will walk over some of the prettiest water flowing underneath the walkway. Different colored algae are formed from the water temperature that flows out of some of the features making what looks like a lovely wet carpet of many colors.
As you walk the trail you eventually find one of the nicest mud pots in the park. This mud pot is big with many air vents pushing air up through the mud. The sound of the mud plopping as the air comes out is entertaining and the steam gives you a good thermal experience. You will find that the steam will blow whatever way the wind is blowing and if you are standing where the steam is going you can’t see the mud pots because the steam is so thick. You may have to move one way or the other to see the mud pots.
Further on the trail you see some pretty water filled lakes of many colors. A steam vent blows a powerful flow of steam that is so loud that you can not hear the people around you talking. At this point the trail has a fork in it with one trail going farther on where you can see more features. The other fork of the trail turns back to the parking lot.
If you go during the summer you will find that the Fountain Paint Pots trail is one of the more popular trails and it is very busy. Most of the park is very busy in the summer months.
If you are looking for an easy trail to take where you will see the thermal features then this is a good trail to take. The features are very nice and the trail is an easy hike to the features. The parking lot is flat and you will find some less then desirable outhouses there. You can see more about the Fountain Paint Pot Trail in Yellowstone National Park you can go to http://www.naturevalleytrailview.com/yellow-stone/fountainpaint/#/trail-1.