We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (121)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“swimming hole”(11 reviews)
“life jackets”(4 reviews)
“great sights”(3 reviews)
River located in Yellowstone National Park: perfect for fishing, canoeing or watching the geysers erupting.
Center Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
+1 307-344-7381
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Yellowstone National Park
from US$260.00
More Info
from US$269.00
More Info
from US$525.00
More Info
from US$250.00
More Info
Reviews (153)
Filter reviews
133 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsswimming holelife jacketsgreat sightsnice temperaturewater shoesbeautiful fallmadison junctionhot springsthe main roadbisonloop roadgeyser basinswater flowingshort driveearly juneold faithfulbeautiful drive
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 133 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this in the early evening and hardly saw any people. I think this is a little out of the way from the larger YNP attractions, so the area is a hidden gem. You should put it on your to-do list to see some...More

Thank TravelersFromFishers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Firehole River runs through Yellowstone National Park across the Upper Geyser Basin between Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful. The river was named by early explorers because of the steam that makes it appear to be smoking like it was on fire. The water...More

Thank Violette54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited in early June when river very full due to snow melt. This resulted in spectacular falls and rapids to view. during our visit the drive wasn't to busy so could stop at pull outs

Thank susan m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

short drive, beautiful scenery and and beautiful fall. parking at the top but limited. no hiking, just drive, get out enjoy!

Thank allsheewrote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice 2 mile drive along a beautiful river. In early June when we were there, it was closed to swimming as the water was VERY high. But there is lots of great geology to see as well as the gorgeous rushing river.

Thank Craig T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Park has a few of these side roads to explore and each is well worth it. Even in early June, it was hard to find parking -- go early.

Thank joheydon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can not but stare at the savage nature of this River. It has carved a rugged canyon through hard rock and it has done a magnificent job. I have traveled this Park since 1964 and I still come to the Firehole River first.

Thank Garry N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This loop road is off the main road north of Old Faithful Village. It was so cool that we did it twice! It is a one way road with many springs and geysers. Great Fountain Geyser erupted while we were there. It's spectacular. Also Hot...More

1  Thank ohiowanderer
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Great way to get away from the crowd with no traffic. We saw geysers and lovely pools without waiting in line.

Thank cityrider76
Reviewed 8 June 2018

The narrow side road, a few miles long, gives you the best views of the river in its canyon setting. Otherwise, there are nice views elsewhere of the river out in the plains.

Thank EagleEyeBoston
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
23 May 2016|
Response from Andy K | Reviewed this property |
I may be mistaken, but as far as I know swimming is not allowed anywhere within the park. Having last visited in February, swimming was not on my agenda anyway.