Always up before sunrise I drove into Yellowstone to capture the sunrise. I stop at the same Madison River turnout. Its one of the most beautiful views of the Madison River but not many people stop (I like that!) because it is so close to the entrance. Most people are heading for Old Faithful….except for the fly fishermen!
I had never walked the Artists’ Paintpots before and it is in my best Yellowstone Day Hikes book as a place that people overlook. I had certainly passed over it on my first trip to Yellowstone…but then I passed up Old Faithful as I heard it was just a parking lot-NOT! (I went there later in the day)
I got here at just the right time. There was only one other car in the parking lot and they left too soon probably disappointed by the fog but as I was going in the perfect morning fog photo opportunities were just starting!