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Portion of Artists' Paintpots Area Reopens
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Portion of Yellowstone’s Artists’ Paintpots Area Reopened
The western portion of the Artists’ Paintpots Trail will reopen to the public at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, August 2.
In May of this year, a visitor was injured when the surface crust along the edge of the trail unexpectedly gave way and she broke through into a previously undiscovered pool of hot water. She received burns to her ankle and lower leg. Since that time, park geologists and other staff members have been evaluating the area. Boardwalk and trail crews put forth an extensive effort to construct new trails and boardwalks in order to mitigate safety hazards and reopen the area.
Visitors will enjoy the upgrades and increased safety offered by 150 feet of new boardwalk and railed viewing platform adjacent to the large paint pot. The hillside trail has also been greatly improved with the addition of 100 feet of masonry steps, log railing, and upgraded earthen trail.
The eastern portion of the trail is expected to open later this month after new boardwalk and viewing platforms are completed at the top of the hill, providing a view of newly forming mudpots and overview of the thermal basin below.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.