West Yellowstome, MT
Adventurer | 245 pts
This swimming hole is reached by a 15 min walk, is kinda handicap accessible...wide trail. There are two parking lots located right at the 45th parallel, which you use to reach the swimming hole from. There is a single vault toilet at the trail head. If the parking lots look full, then you know that there are already too many people down there for you to really be able to enjoy it. Best times to go are meal times, or really early, or late, or off seasons like fall and winter (water too high & often closed in spring.) Hours are posted as to when it is open or closed, and a Ranger will check in to make sure you abide by the rules. It is HIGHLY recommended you have water shoes. There are a few rocky patches to walk over, and swift enough currents getting in that you could easily loose flip flops. If you move rocks around, you should do so in a way to cause the water flow to back up. Do NOT try to build rock walls to keep water out, this has caused severe water channeling and has created swift currents in the wading area where there were none before. The water used to mix better (river and hotspring) but the channeling has made it so that much is either blistering hot or freezing cold. But it is still alot of fun, and the small waterfalls are pretty.