Thursday, October 04, 2012

Artist Paint Pot, Yellowstone National Park

 Peach Colored Soil @ Artist Paint Pot
The Artist Paint Pot is South of Norris Geyser Basin and North of Madison Junction. The trail is an easy hike to several geothermal features which you will also probably see in the other parts of Yellowstone. Unlike Midway Geyser Basin and Lower Geyser Basin, the Artist Paint Pot geothermal features can be observed after about 0.3 mile hike along pine forest. After about 0.3 mile, there is a wooded boardwalk that slowly climbs up and goes around several features in Artist Paint Pot area, such as the mudpot below.  

 Once you reach the boardwalk, you will see colorful hot springs, some geysers, mudpots and fumarole. The boardwalk makes a huge loop with about 50+ steps on either side of the loop. The total hike would be a little over a mile. What is unique here is that the geothermal features seems to be hidden in the middle of this pine forest. However, if you are short of time, and would want to experience more geothermal features in such a smaller location, I would suggest you prioritize Midway Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin and Upper Geyser Basin.

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  1. I wanna be there now. this must be breathtaking in the fall.

  2. A very interesting place! Would love to be there with you one sweet day with the rest of the TSS sistahs :-)

  3. Glorious photos. I've not been there but after seeing this would love to visit.

  4. Isn't that amazing? I would love to touch the mud pot!

  5. I wish I can visit this place and see the amazing stuffs nature has to offer!

  6. Another great spot.

    same to the mud pot.

  7. That mudpot was so cool. I just want to touch it.