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Firehole Canyon

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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  • Entering Firehole Canyon.- Firehole Canyon
  • Bison are common in this area.- Firehole Canyon
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  • Firehole Falls.- Firehole Canyon
  • Firehole Falls.- Firehole Canyon
  • Viewing Firehole Falls from the road.- Firehole Canyon
  • Firehole swimming area.- Firehole Canyon
  • A chilly dip. Despite its name, the Firehole River is not warm!- Firehole Canyon
  • Firehole Canyon above the falls.- Firehole Canyon
  • Firehole Canyon.- Firehole Canyon
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Pros: 
Waterfall. Nice canyon views. Swimming hole.
Cons: 
No easy way to get close to the falls.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile, one-way side trip along the Grand Loop Road just south of Madison Junction. The main features of this road are the striking canyon cut through 800-foot lava flows, a nice 40-foot waterfall, and one of only two swimming holes in Yellowstone National Park.

After leaving the main park loop, the one-lane road winds through the Firehole Canyon with occasional turnouts to get out and view the canyon. The falls are not very high, but they are nicely placed in the canyon with overlooks. A bit farther down the road is the Firehole Canyon swimming hole. The river widens here and forms a safe swimming spot, though there are no lifeguards on duty here. There are restroom facilities and a small beach as well.

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