Firehole River - Hot Springs and Swim near Madison, Yellowstone National Park
Firehole Canyon Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA,Madison,Wyoming
44.61796088261875, -110.85986003279686
Address: Firehole Canyon Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
GPS: 44°37'4.7"N 110°51'35.5"W
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State: Wyoming

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The Firehole River starts south of Old Faithful, runs through the thermal areas northward to join the Gibbon and form the Madison River. The Firehole is world famous among anglers for its pristine beauty and healthy brown, brook, and rainbow trout.

Firehole River Canyon in Yellowstone N.P. is a great place to spend a few hours and get a respite from the desert sun. It includes rapids emptying into a deep pool as well as shallow sections outside the current. All should be careful to keep out of the main current.* The water is warm for this elevation because the river contains the runoff from many thermal features, including Old Faithful. Portable toilets are available (as of summer 2001). Camp at Madison campground near Madison Junction near the West Yellowstone entrance in order to be near the swimming. Courtesy of swimmingholes.org

The river is surrounded by geothermal features which empty water into it, which in turn affects the temperature of the water. Temperatures in the river have been measured as high as 86 °F and average 9 to 18 °F higher than areas upstream of geothermal influence. It is always good to discuss the water temperatures with a local park ranger to make sure temperatures are safe. 

*WARNING: All should be careful to keep out of the main current - A GIRL DIED HERE IN 2003 JUMPING INTO THE CURRENT AND GETTING TRAPPED UNDER AN OVERHANGING ROCK - DON'T DO IT.) Courtesy of swimmingholes.org
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Be careful. Pay attention to posted signs and always test the waters before you get in. Some hot springs can get up to boiling temperatures. Be sure to drink plenty of water to combat the dehydrating effect of the spring. Be respectful of other soakers and the hot spring. Don't hog the pool. Camp at least 200 yards away and keep fires in designated areas. Keep your pets out of the water and never pee in thermal feature. Glass bottles should never go near a hot spring.

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From Madison, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head north toward US-191 N/US-287 N/Hwy 20 W (210 ft)
  2. Turn right onto US-191 S/US-287 S/Hwy 20 E
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (0.1 mi)
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto US-191 S/US-287 S/US-89 S/Hwy 20 E
    Toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (0.6 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Firehole Canyon Rd
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    Destination will be on the right
    (1.9 mi)
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Jump off the main park road and enjoy the one-way drive through Firehole Canyon. You might see anglers testing their fishing skills below the falls. A stop at the Firehole Falls is worthwhile and you my want bring your camera. Finally, if it's warm enough, stop and swim at the Firehole Swimming Area.

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