Firehole River Swimming Area

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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An old-fashioned swimming hole warmed by the runoff from distant hot springs and geysers. The Firehole River Swimming Area has long been a popular summer recreation spot for visitors to Yellowstone, especially on those few days in July and August when the air temperature pushes over 90 degrees F. The tall cliffs along the Firehole River surround a deep warm water pool between swift-flowing rapids. Some bathers enter the current above and float down into the calm water of the pool. The hills surrounding the swimming area are covered with the burned skeletons of lodgepole pine trees, mute evidence of the fires that swept through Yellowstone in the summer of 1988.
Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs

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Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs

by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)

An old-fashioned swimming hole warmed by the runoff from distant hot springs and geysers. The Firehole River Swimming Area has long been a popular summer recreation spot for visitors to Yellowstone, especially on those few days in July and August when the air temperature pushes over 90 degrees F.

The tall cliffs along the Firehole River surround a deep warm water pool between swift-flowing rapids. Some bathers enter the current above and float down into the calm water of the pool. The hills surrounding the swimming area are covered with the burned skeletons of lodgepole pine trees, mute evidence of the fires that swept through Yellowstone in the summer of 1988.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Yellowstone National Park
Season: May to October. Warmer days in the summer are best.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Firehole River Swimming Area

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2007
0

I have been there 2, soon to be 3 times. The first was in early July and the water was fantastic, the 2nd time was in mid October in a VERY rainy year. The water was very high and VERY cold.


7/2/2005
1

this hole was awesome! although swimming was prohibited we did anyway. the life threatening currents was what made it fun. easily servivable in any weather. i wish we had had more time. the water was warm, about 80 degrees. a beautiful sight to see.



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