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Artists Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park
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Norris Junction
Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Wyoming 82190
Natural Wonder
Points of Interest Nearby

Mud Pot


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

A trip to Artists' Paint Pots rewards intrepid families with more than a peek at hot water pools. This small, often overlooked geothermal area is a great place to tour in near solitude. Hike the easy 1-mile loop and, in addition to watching a gushing geyser, count colors at hot springs, view steam vents fume and listen to mud pots gurgle and plop. And if you are keen on introducing kids to the concept of forest management observe the new growth and dead wood. Has the forest benefited from fire?
Getting There
Artists' Paint Pots is located 4.5 miles (7km) south of Norris Geyser Basin and 9 miles (14.5 km) northeast of Madison Junction. The road between Norris and Madison is open to wheeled vehicles from mid-April through October and oversnow vehicles from mid-December to early March.
Getting Around
The mixed track - boardwalk and improved path - Artists' Paint Pots Trail is an easy 1-mile loop. A steep climb at the back of the trail limits accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers.
Things to Keep in Mind
There is no shade at Artists Paint Pots and there are no concessions either. Wear sunscreen and hats. Pack water and snacks. Elk and moose frequent the wet meadows in the early morning and late afternoon.
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