Drive The Firehole Lake Loop

Wyoming Firehole Lake Drive

Added by Trent Sizemore

Secluded area of YellowstoneEasy drive with plenty of parkingWalking on boardwalks to see features up closeBeautiful sunset location

Firehole Lake Drive is a 2 mile one way road, near the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. This is one of the hidden gems in Yosemite where you'll find solitude and quietness. You may see a few people here on a busy day, but you can often find yourself alone.

While driving around the loop, there is ample parking for several unique thermal features in this area. Park in any of the pull off lots and walk out on the boardwalks to get an up close view - you can get closer to the thermal features than you might expect.

Photographing here at sunset can be tricky. With bright sun, and reflecting water, you need to keep your exposures down to avoid blowing out highlights. It's easy to recover dark shadow areas in post processing. Days with fog make the scene dramatically more interesting. Wildlife is possible here as well, as I've encountered a few bison.

Notable features, photographed above, include Firehole Lake, Pink Cone Geyser, White Dome Geyser, Great Fountain Geyser, and several smaller pools and fumaroles.

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  • Tripod
  • Polarizing filter
  • Neutral density filters
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Easy Parking
Hot Springs
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Wildlife

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about 1 year ago

There's a lot packed into this drive and I enjoy it even more under a full moon.

about 1 year ago

Added by Trent Sizemore

My love for the outdoors began with fishing the more secluded beaches in Florida. From there, I explored all around the Appalachian mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In May, I moved to Grand Teton National Park, and now live in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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