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Firehole Lake Scenic Drive

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Firehole Lake Scenic Drive

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  • Great Fountain Geyser.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • Eruption of the Great Fountain Geyser.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • Great Fountain Geyser.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • White Dome Geyser.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • White Dome Geyser.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • The White Dome Geyser erupts frequently.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • Tangled Creek.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • Firehole Lake.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • The Firehole Lake boardwalk trail.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
  • Firehole Lake.- Firehole Lake Scenic Drive
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful thermal features. Easy walking.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Geologically significant
Dogs allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Current Local Weather:
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Light snow starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
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Light snow (< 1 in.) until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
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Sun

Light snow in the morning.
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Mon

Foggy in the morning.
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22°

Tue

Partly cloudy in the evening.
57°F
29°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
62°F
31°

Thu

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Firehole Lake area in Yellowstone National Park, located between Madison Junction and the Upper Geyser Basin, is a bit spread out to walk, so most visitors will drive the 3-mile one-way loop road to see its key features. The first major thermal feature encountered, and one that relies on luck for the best show, is the Great Fountain Geyser. Not very predictable, its eruptions can occur as little as two hours apart or as much as 13. The good news is that once it starts erupting, it continues for 45 minutes or more. Just past this geyser is the White Dome Geyser, which erupts quite often but generally has a pretty puny display.

Firehole Lake itself has an extensive boardwalk and is worth a stop. The multi-colored streams and bubbling pools in the lake are set quite beautifully against the surrounding scenery. Two creeks flow through this basin, and the landscape is beautiful.

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