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Paint Pots, Kootenay National Park

3.5
#14 of 19 in Sightseeing in Kootenay Rockies
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  • I was not impressed by this sight with tan/brown/etc colors. My sister liked it very much. I thought is was a waste of time to go to. If you are interested in the story, go see it.  more »
  • Two and a half kilometers until you see different colors on the Earth very interesting. The trail is worth. Take mosquito repellent because sometimes they are out there.
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  • We did this walk in the evening along with Marble Canyon. We had fun, and took some colourful pics. The ochre creates an orange colour, and this contrasts nicely with the deep greens of the surroundin...  more »
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  • I really wish I could have seen this in the summer. It was a gorgeous hike with so many informational boards along the way discussing the history of the place. I don't recommend it for the winter though because you miss important pieces
  • Short hike- sign isn't clear about the fact that the paint pots are only about 20 min in, you don't have to hike all the way to ochre (which is on the signs at the trailhead). Quick walk over a bridge, then slightly uphill to where three paint pit ponds are located.
  • Lovely little hike with great views. There's a washroom before you start and a bridge across the river. Nice stop during spring, summer and fall. May be too hard in winter.
  • A perfect place to snowshoe during the winter or doing a little hiking in the summer. Trails are well maintained and updated by local park rangers. Beautiful views all around.
  • A really nice short hike over the Kootenay River to view the colourful Paint Pots. Interesting interpretive signs fill us in on the history and how this resource was used in the past. A few of the mining implements are scattered about the site.

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