The Artists’ Paint Pots in Yellowstone are a cool area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where geothermal activity and water come together and create an epic scenery for photographers and adventurers.
Here is how my little expedition at the Artists’ Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park went. This is what I experienced on one of the days I spent here exploring. If you want to see more places that I saw on this expedition, check out the top things I found to do in Yellowstone post.
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Artists’ Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park
You can find this place in the area of the Gibbons Geyser Basin of Yellowstone south of Norris. The hike, more so a walk, is an easy 1 mile round trip loop trail. It takes you through a burned lodgepole pine forest.
You can see small geysers, small colorful hot springs, and muddy bubble baths. The mud does pop out and can get on you, so watch your kids around the pools.
These are the burnt lodge pole pines
Although the trees are burned, there is new growth surrounding everywhere, and the burning of forests is actually good for the health of the forest, but i’m not going to get into that on here.
You can’t see it from here, but the steam in the photo below is from a geyser that is stained red around the base. This is due to the high amount of iron oxide in the ground in the area.
I had to stop for a second and look at the bubbling and steaming geysers. It’s not everyday that you see this kind of stuff, and we don’t really have it in Arizona.
Stand on top of the mid point on Artist’s Paint Pots Trail and look at the basin
Keep moving on from the viewpoint at the top of the trail and make your way to the mud pots. I mean that’s what you came to see right?
Artist’s Paint Pots
The paint pots will look different at different times of the year, based upon how much water is underground from rains that have come throughout the year.
The edges may be cracked when its drier, or they may just be more of a soupy mud texture. Thats the beauty of nature; you never know what it may look like at any given time.
Head down the trail through some more lodge pole pine trees, there’s still more to see.
Milky blue hot springs at the Artists’ Paint Pots
This is the last thing you will really get to see on the trail before it heads back to the parking area. They are these milky blue hot springs that are extremely tempting to take a dip in.
I think they are too hot for our bodies though, and you would melt into them like the terminator. Super cool cool to look at and take pictures of.
If you want to find more information on this place check the National Parks website.
Oh and I forgot to mention to take a whiff of the air in the Artists’ Paint Pots. It’s not people farting everywhere, its the earth releasing its sulfurous gasses.
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Gear that I used on this expedition
- Camera: GoPro
- Camera Handle: GoPro Shorty
- Hydration Pack: Camelbak Mule
- Power Bank: Anker Bank
- Protective iPhone Case: Insipio Case
- Bear Spray: Counter Assault
- Light Rain Jacket: Columbia Waterproof
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