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Artists Paintpots Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
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 :)
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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