Fountain Paint Pot Tours

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Fountain Paint Pot is one of several mud pots found within Yellowstone National Park that bursts and pops as the mud thickens throughout summer. The surrounding Fountain Paint Pot area is known for its pools of thermophiles (heat-loving bacteria) that gather to form multihued puddles in the earth, as well as mini-geysers and fumaroles.
 
The Basics
The Fountain Paint Pot area is one of the most accessible part of Yellowstone National Park, and one where you can see all four types of thermal features found in Yellowstone—hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and fumaroles. Most tours of the Yellowstone Lower Loop include a walk along the Fountain Paint Pot boardwalk, as do winter tours to Old Faithful by snowmobile or snowcoach.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Fountain Paint Pot area is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to the national park.
  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection, as there’s not much shade in the Fountain Paint Pot area.
  • Plan to spend about 30 minutes touring the volcanic features of the area.
 
How to Get There
Fountain Paint Pot is accessed via a half-mile (0.80-kilometer) loop boardwalk known as the Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail. The easy trail is right next to Grand Loop Road in the Lower Geyser Basin area of the park. Plan to visit early in the morning to enjoy the scenery before the crowds pick up.
 
When to Get There
Fountain Paint Pot changes with the seasons. It’s at its most fluid and bubbly in the spring as snowmelt provides plenty of water to the pools. By the end of summer and into early autumn, the mud starts to thicken and dry.
 
Clepsydra Geyser
Not all geysers are as reliable as this one, situated in the Fountain Paint Pot area. In Ancient Greece, a clepsydra was a type of water clock, and Clepsydra Geyser erupts like clockwork every three minutes. After an earthquake in 1959, the geyser now erupts almost continuously, making it a star in Yellowstone’s Lower Geyser Basin.
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Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
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Yellowstone Old Faithful Snowcoach Tour

Don't let the weather prevent you from seeing the best of Yellowstone National Park. This snowcoach tour takes you to the famous Old Faithful geyser as well as other natural attractions like Moose Falls and Fountain Paint Pots, all in the comfort of a rugged snow-ready vehicle. A hot breakfast and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$325.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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$325.00 USD

Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour

Tour the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park with an expert guide on this all-day tour. Visit popular sites like Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Lake Yellowstone, and more. Stop for an included lunch and many photo ops throughout the day. As you travel through the park, keep your eyes open for bears, elk, and bison that are commonly spotted in the area.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$260.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Yellowstone Old Faithful Full-Day Snowmobile Tour from Jackson Hole

Experience winter in Yellowstone National Park on a full-day snowmobile tour from Jackson Hole. You'll cover about 90 miles (145km) on your round-trip journey by snowmobile, and have the chance to see the Old Faithful geyser and other geothermal wonders, native wildlife of Wyoming, vast tracts of snow-covered forest, and landmarks like Moose Falls, West Thumb geyser basin, and Fountain Paint Pots. Includes hot breakfast, lunch, snowmobiling gear and guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Jackson Hole and Teton Village.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$325.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Yellowstone National Park Tour from Jackson

On this unforgettable full day tour from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone, you’ll experience the beauty that led to this becoming America’s first national park. Get epic views of geysers, canyons, waterfalls, rivers, and wildlife, and see Yellowstone highlights like Old Faithful and the historic Lake Hotel. On this Yellowstone tour from Jackson Hole, learn the area’s volcanic geology and unique level of ecology, and keep your eyes peeled for Yellowstone wildlife — including bison and wolves.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$285.00 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

This 12-hour comprehensive tour from Jackson gives you the opportunity to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Old Faithful in a single day. Travel around the entire Lower Loop, where you'll encounter wildlife, geothermal activity, and dense forest. Visit Hayden Valley, Fountain Paint Pots, West Thumb Geyser Basin, and Moose Falls. Breakfast, lunch, and round-trip hotel transportation included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$290.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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