Swim in the Firehole River

Firehole River Swimming Hole

A great swimming hole in the west of Yellowstone. There's easy access, it's family friendly/great for the kids, and the water is warm.

The Firehole River Swimming Hole is on the southern portion of Firehole Canyon Rd inside the park, near the West Entrance to Yellowstone. The road is a one way loop from north to south. There are restrooms at the parking area, which can become quite crowded on a warm day. Parking is immediately above the swimming hole.

The main pool is large and mostly shallow. The water is quite warm, in the high 70's to low 80's, but still refreshing on a hot day. The highlight of this spot is a very short hike upstream, around a large rock, to a submerged rock ledge, only a few inches underwater. From this ledge you can slip into a narrow channel of quick moving water that takes you for a ride and shoots you out into the large main pool.

In a park where there are few opportunities to get wet, this is a stop not to miss. The road closes in winter.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
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Activities Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole

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What an Experience

While I didn't get to swim in the river, because I visited in winter, I got to stand next to it and daydream about jumping in during the warmer months. It looks like a perfect summer spot to take a dip. I was amazed though, our guide told us at the water temp at the time we visited (early Feb.) was about mid 40's. The air temp was 15. Because of the hot pools, the water temps in the park are significantly higher than you'd think. This just made me want to go explore the swimable hot springs.

Great little adventure with little ones. It can get crowded but still worth it. A great way to participate in nature at Yellowstone and not just watch with some of the other attractions at Yellowstone


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