Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fountain Paint Pots - Yellowstone National Park



The Fountain Paint Pot area is named for the paint pots that are located within a short walk of the parking lot. These are the most accessible paint pots in Yellowstone National Park and are worth a visit. However the paint pots aren't the only thermal features in the area. You can actually see all four types of features here - a fumarole, a hot spring, a geyser, as well as the paint pots.

Location: Fountain Paint Pot is located in the Southwest Section of the Lower Loop of the Grand Loop Road. The area is 9 miles north of Old Faithful and 8 miles south of Madison Junction.

Hiking Distance and Time: Walking the whole boardwalk should take less than 30 minutes.

Open Season: Open with the Grand Loop Road in Mid April and stays open through late October.

Date of Visit: Sunday, June 4, 2017 and other times in May 2008, July 2010, and July 2015

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is one of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips for your Yellowstone visit.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Midway Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park


Midway Geyser Basin's best known feature is the Grand Prismatic Spring. This is the third largest hot spring in the world and is famous for it's brilliant colors.  The Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the most popular features in Yellowstone National Park which makes visiting the Midway Geyser Basin a bit tricky during peak tourist times. If you plan to visit during off-peak times all of Midway Geyser Basin is worth a visit.

Location: Midway Geyser Basin is located on the southwestern side of the Lower Loop of the Grand Loop Road. It is 3.5 miles north of Biscuit Basin and 2.5 miles south of Fountain Paint Pots.

Hiking Distance and Time: The boardwalk between the various thermal features is not very long.  It shouldn't take you longer than 30 minutes to walk the whole boardwalk.

Open Season: The Midway Geyser Basin opens at the same time as this section of the Grand Loop Road.  It is generally open from Mid April until late October.

 Date of Visit: Sunday June 4, 2017 as well as May 2008.


In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is one of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips for your Yellowstone visit.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Biscuit Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park



Biscuit Basin is home to some of the prettiest pools of water within Yellowstone. This area has a wide boardwalk that allows you to approach all the pools and look down into their deep and colorful waters. The trail head for a 2 mile round trip hike to Mystic Falls branches off from the Biscuit Basin Boardwalk.

Location: Biscuit Basin is located on the southwest side of the Lower Loop of the Grand Loop Road. It is almost 2 miles from Black Sand Basin and 3.5 miles south of Midway Geyser Basin.

Hiking Distance and Time:  It should take less than 30 minutes to walk the whole board walk.  The hike to Mystic Falls will take between 1 to 2 hours.

Open Season: The boardwalk opens along with this section of the Grand Loop Road in mid April and stays open until late October.  The trail to Mystic Falls is open from Mid June until September.

Date of Visit: Sunday June 11, and Saturday July 29, 2017 as well as times in May 2008 and July 2010.


In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is one of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips for your Yellowstone visit.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Black Sand Basin - Yellowstone National Park.



Black Sand Basin is a small geothermic area located near the Upper Geyser Basin/Old Faithful Area. There are a handful of notable features in Black Sand Basin including Cliff Geyser, Emerald Pool, and Sunset Lake. A hiking trail connects Black Sand Basin to the Upper Geyser Basin.

Location: Black Sand Basin is located on the southwest side of the Lower Loop of the Grand Loop Road. This area is the closest geyser basin to the Upper Geyser Basin/Old Faithful Area.

Hiking Distance and Time: If you are able to get a parking space in the small parking lot you can walk along the boardwalk and see each thermal feature in less than 30 minutes.  However, parking is limited in this area. If you can't get a parking spot you have the option of parking at Old Faithful and then hiking to Black Sand Basin along an approximately 4 mile trail.

Open Season: Black Sand Basin is open from mid April to late October. The trail to Old Faithful opens in mid June depending on bear migrations and snow melt.

Date of Visit: Saturday, August 5, 2017

In the summer of 2017 I received a job with Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Yellowstone National Park. I moved there with my husband and our four young children. We lived in a 25 foot RV and spent all our free time exploring the park. This is one of many posts that I will write about specific features within Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips for your Yellowstone visit.

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