Firehole River
Firehole River
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River located in Yellowstone National Park: perfect for fishing, canoeing or watching the geysers erupting.
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO767 contributions
Jul 2021
Winding River that you can see from a few different spots on the west side of the park. It flows throw a canyon and eventually into a lake. There are several different pull offs to view falls, geysers, etc.
Written July 24, 2021
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Explorer24782
Stevens Point, WI5 contributions
Disclaimer-I hereby state that I in no way accept, endorse, or permit any of the following activities to be done near or in the Firehole River, and will not be held accountable for any resulting injuries, trauma, or death:With that said, the Firehole River is a great attraction in Yellowstone National Park. First off, the activities available are swimming, fishing, and possibly canoeing, but I'm not sure.You will definitely want to check park regulations for use limits regarding these activities. There is a great swimming hole (hot water) near Foutain Flat Drive that I and some friends visited on a moonlit summer night. Then there's the swimming at the designated spot 2 miles south of Madison Junction . Cliff jumping is illegal with fines approaching 100 dollars, but it is a thrill. At that spot, you can jump into some raging whitewater and get carried downstream 20+ yards, but be careful and go with a partner at least and leave plans of your outing with a relialbe person (friends, family, etc. or a ranger)--leaving plans of where, when, how, what should be done for all outings in Yellowstone or anywhere for that matter where risk is inherent. There was a drowing death here in August of this year.Anyhow, fishing, mostly fly-fishing, can be done on the Firehole, though not from the bridge at Biscuit Basin to the bridge right after you leave the Old Faithful geyser basin. Check regulations again for size, species, and type of fishing allowed. There were closures for the Gibbons and Firehole rivers the summer of 2003 due to low water levels and extreme heat, so be aware of this potential. There is plenty of trout to be caught if you are proficient and patient in this sport.There are picnic areas near Foutain Flat Drive and along the road from Old Faithful to Madison. Some of these areas can be very busy in the summer, but it's the only appropriate time to get in the water as it's warm this time of year only.Lastly, the Firehole is good for wildlife viewing, potentially. I spotted a moose on the river bank just two miles north from Old Faithful geyser basin, near Lone Star geyser.
Enjoy your outing and be safe.
Written October 25, 2003
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JoshT2787
CA28 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
The swim hole is fantastic. If you like to spend a hot day swimming in refreshing river water, this will be one of the best places for you to visit. Although we were told several different directions and areas where the swim hole should be thinking it was some hidden trail off the side of the road, actually it is pretty clearly marked. To get there take Fire Canyon Drive just South of the Madison Junction. The road is one way off the main road and reconnects with the main road after about 2 miles. You you have to drive 3/4 the distance of the road to get there. There are signs indicating the swim area on the right and a couple of small bathrooms on the left. Most people were parked road side next to the sign, but there is parking a little bit further up the road. It was a bit crowded but there was enough space to find a spot to sit and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves despite the crowd. I think you will be hard pressed to find a time when there isn't a crowd at this place, so just enjoy the company. Everyone was respectful and there to have fun.

From the sign there is a stair case down 1/2 way and the rest of the way is climbing down a rocky path. It isn't too far down, maybe 20-30 steps on the wooden stair case and the same distance down the rocky path. The main swim area has a shallow area of still water and further out there starts to be a current. The water was pool temperature, cold when you immediately get in but quickly becomes comfortable. The staff at our campsite said the temperature really depends on the heat beneath the ground surface, which at the time was really warm and actually caused a part of the road to "melt" a few weeks earlier. Up river there are some rapids you can jump into and float down. To get to the rapid area there is a trail to the left after you reach the end of the staircase or you can swim along the banks until you get there.
Written July 31, 2014
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Charles P
Nashville, TN163 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
This is not a long drive and even though it is not one of the most scenic areas of the park it is worth the time it takes. Be sure and stop at the Terrace Spring area. This was not on our list of things to see because we did not know about it. We drove by this spring at first and then decided to turn around and go back. Great decision. There were only two other people there so it was not crowded. This was their 7th time to visit Yellowstone but their first time to stop at Terrace Spring. Like us, they were glad they did. It is a very easy walk and only takes 10-15 minutes, but you will like what you see. It will be the best 15 minutes you spend in the park.
Written June 22, 2014
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,081 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
The Firehole river is a bit warmer due to the many hot springs that feed into it. You can see it quite well in the Midway Geyser basin near the Grand Prismatic Spring and also the Upper Geyser basin near Old Faithful.
Written January 15, 2023
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John F
Vallejo, CA1,260 contributions
Jun 2021
We stumbled upon this spot just looking for something to see. WOW...we loved this spot. Great photo ops and a beautiful area. Find this place. It's well worth it.
Written June 5, 2021
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David K
10 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
As we ended our day in Yellowstone, our entire family whined when my wife recommended we change into swimming suits and head to Firehole. However, it turned into the trip highlight for everyone.

We arrived at the swim area at around 7 pm, and there were only two other groups there. If you go down the stairs, you are led to a nice, calmer part of the river. The rocks are slick, but it is a nice place to hang out with families.

If you swing left halfway down the path, you can break off the main trail, traverse some rocks and get to a swift, warm part of the river. My teens (all good swimmers), swam across the river, traversed some rocks on the opposing side, and jumped in at the mouth of the little slot canyon and floated down (quickly) about 50 feet - just to climb out and do it again. The parents did too - just not as frequently.

We were very concerned one would hit his/her head when we jumped into the rapids, but we had no accidents. The speed of the river through that section demanded some decent swim skills.

We were joined by another group that had a more difficult time making the trip across (not really sure if it was swim skill or nerves - it wasn't quite "extreme sport" so I couldn't tell).

You can float all the way through the minor S-shaped canyon to the shallow, slow area mentioned at the beginning. (The first time we actually swam against the current to get to the beginning of the ride from the slow area - that took some effort.)

There are two bathrooms along the road to change into suits.

It was a great way to catch the sunset at the end of the day in the park. The crowds had died down, the water was warm, and the experience was energizing.
Written August 2, 2014
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samdogNY
ny, ny404 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Great spot to cool off after long day. Real swimming. Rock jumping. Some small water falls and even a cave! Unlike the the "Boiling River" soaking area (up near the North Gate) the water here is not "hot" ... but it is not cold or icey either. It's a comfortable temp that will allow you to jump in and have a great time in a postcard setting. Access is a few minutes south of the Madison Junction - turn off onto the one-way "Fire Hole River Road" and drive down about a mile or so until you see a clearly designated swim area and walkway down. Enjoy!
Written August 16, 2013
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vb22
United States1,229 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
There's an access road that runs along the Firehole River to take you to Ojo Caliente spring ... beautiful scenery here and a nice walk to the spring or down to the river. This area is worth the stop to stretch your legs, etc.

There's also a small parking area with bathrooms where a lot of people take a dip in the river as well ...
Written August 14, 2011
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natewilson
Apopka, FL74 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We were exhausted after a long day of driving and hiking. We had been by the Firhole scenic drive the day before and saw people swimming so we returned with towels and bathing suits the following day. Well worth the hassle to find parking. The water is a very nice temperature and you are in a river so there is a strong current constantly flowing. Some German tourists were doing all sorts of insane jumps and flips from the rocks into the water which was fun to watch. The current makes this place a little dicey for young kids. As with any river or lake the rocks are very slippery.I highly recommend this spot.
Written March 12, 2014
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