Follow This 1.1-Mile Loop Trail In Wyoming To Colorful Geysers
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is filled with spectacular geysers, but not all of them are as colorful as the Artist Paintpots. This collection of more than 50 springs, geysers, vents, and mud pots in the Gibbon Geyser Basin is easily accessible via a 1.1-mile loop trail that’s partly boardwalk and partly dirt. The blue, gray, and brown water is framed by vegetation and an oxidized landscape that produces colors such as red, yellow and green, changing during the year. The effect is a unique slice of Yellowstone National Park.
As is the case with most of Yellowstone National Park, the best time to visit the Artist Paintpots is May to November. The geysers generally are most active in late May and June. Naturally, this trail can become crowded during the peak season, so plan to arrive early in the day. For more information about visiting the Gibbon Geyser Basin, see the National Park Service website.