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Firehole Canyon Drive

Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
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Eden, Utah
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

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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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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29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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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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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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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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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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