Artist Paint Pots Trail, located near Norris, offers an easy one mile roundtrip hike. This is one of the overlooked yet wonderful short hikes of Yellowstone. The trail winds across a wet meadow on boardwalk then enters a partially burned lodgepole pine forest. The thermal area within the short loop at the end of the trail contains some of the most colorful hot springs and small geysers found in the area. Two mud pots at the top of the hill allow closer access than Fountain Paint Pots. Caution for flying mud! Remind folks to stay on the trail throughout the area.
Directions from Norris: Travel 4.5 miles south on the Norris-Madison road.
Mid-May through Late September .