Artists Paintpots

Gardiner, Wyoming 83012

Artists Paintpots

Artists Paintpots Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A short, easy stroll through a nifty little thermal area. This short hike skirts the south edge of massive Gibbon Meadows, staying in the unburned lodgepole all the way.

The route starts out as a doublewide super-trail and then turns into a boardwalk when you reach the loop section. It’s all flat and easy except for the short loop at the end up onto the slopes of Paintpot Hill; which has a little bite to it."

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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"Interpretive signs are lacking, but this easy loop provides an intimate overview of several types of hydrothermal features. If thermal areas pique your interest, the hike combines nicely with the steep ramble up to the nearby Monument Geyser Basin. The shadeless route is usually passable as soon as the park opens in spring through October. Visit early in the morning to beat the tour bus crowds. Many of the paint pots’ vibrant colors get washed out after heavy precipitation." Read more
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Artists Paintpots Trail tours a variety of hot pots and pools of various colors (blue, red, brown and green), steam vents and a hypnotizing boiling mud pot. The paintpots are located on the south edge of Gibbon Meadows. The trail does not get heavy foot traffic, which allows an opportunity to savor these thermal treats privately. Part of the trail follows a boardwalk." Read more

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5/20/2001
We were delightfully surprised by this hike. The trail was short & easy, and we didn't encounter anyone else on it. The "paintpots" were beautiful and aptly named (very colorful, just like an artist's palette). The most fascinating feature, however, was the mudpots on top of paintpot hill. They were really neat to watch up close! What a great hike to end a day :)
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3/9/2001
A great hike for a family, even if you have little ones. The hike is easy and the destination is magical. Try it first thing in the morning for a great treat of fog and steam coming off the geothermal areas. A great little hike that gets surprising little traffic. Hike starts in a gravel pull off.
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Trail Information

Gardiner
Nearby City
1.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs and USGS Norris Junction
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Dec 2018