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Firehole Canyon Drive

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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73 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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123 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Layton, Utah, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Fire Hole Falls Road drive isn't what it used to be ... When I visited in October of 2012, there was plenty of parking available for a dozen or so cars at the "swimming hole" area. Now, probably thanks to road damage, there is NO safe Parking at all, as of Oct. 7, 2014. Back in July of 2014,... More

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There is limited parking here, but it’s a great drive and a great way to connect with nature. The Firehole River flows through this scenic canyon and there are usually a few tourists taking a dip here. The road is one-way so that makes it a little safer but it is a narrow road. Close to the end of the... More

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Madera, California
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31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Don't miss this one way tour. It is very pretty great for taking some memorable pics. You do pass by Firehole Falls, so stop and get out and have a look see. A bonus is that the incessant and irritating large tour buses are forbidden on this drive, Yes !

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