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Firehole Canyon Drive

Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
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Sacramento, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2 mile one way road just outside the Madison Junction along the Firehole river that provides a peek into the heart of Yellowstone without all the regular two way traffic. The canyon itself is beautiful Summer or Winter. There is a spot you can pull over and park to view the water falls and take... More 

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Eden, Utah
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34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We have been visiting this beautiful canyon for 50 years. Not all that long ago the swimming hole was only known to park employees and locals and very private. The climb down from the road was tricky but the water was a little warmer than usual because of the thermal basins up river. Now there is a boardwalk/stairs and signs... More 

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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was a pleasant side trip off the main road. It has great views and a fun little swimming hole/beach! We weren't brave enough to get in, but others were swimming. It's well worth the time.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We visited this drive at sunset one evening and got to see multiple geysers go off. The light of the fading sun on the spouting water is incredible.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a short loop off of the Grand Loop Road between Madison and Lower Geyser Basin. It only takes a few minutes, even if you stop and view the falls and river at the couple of parking/viewpoints. There is an area that you can go down to the river and sit/swim in the water. They say the water is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

It is a short drive to see the falls, so take the time. They are lovely. We did it first thing one morning and were the only people there. Our trip was early September, I imagine the falls only run harder and faster with snow melt earlier in the season.

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DeWitt, Michigan
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Near Madison Junction, is a 2 mile scenic spur road called Firehole Canyon Drive. Following the river, the narrow, one-way paved road twists through the canyon. The highlight for many is Firehole Falls (40’ high). There is a swimming hole (one of two safe and legal swimming places in YNP). A wooden stairway takes you down closer to the river... More 

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Rexburg, Idaho
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This diversion off of the main road between Old Faithful and Madison Junction is lesser traveled. But we saw several sites that were so worth the side trip: Firehole Geyser, plus several geysers that were very active and so few tourists. We happened to see many bison in this area over the years.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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147 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is the one-way drive worth taking past the Firehole Falls just south of the Madison Information Center. Narrow, paved road but adequate turnouts to stop and see the falls in the forest.

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Dallas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We enjoyed this drive so much that we did it two days in a row! It is short but truly spectacular! We stopped at the swimming hole the second trip and walked down the steps to get closer to the water. Some boys thought about swimming but backed out.

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