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“swimming hole”(12 reviews)
“cliff jumping”(6 reviews)
“life jackets”(4 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
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All reviews swimming hole cliff jumping life jackets great place to swim protect your feet nice temperature jump off small canyon madison junction wear water shoes great spot to stop beautiful fall great sights hot springs geyser basins the main road loop road
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning views. Out-of-the way loop that we almost missed. Beautiful river with osprey nests, waterfalls. Glad we made this part of our trip.

Thank Phyllis855
Reviewed 1 week ago

After spending ten days seeing all the geothermals, mountains, bison, valleys, etc, we just happened to get on this road near the end of our stay. It was one beautiful pulloff after another. All the picturesque winding river, rapids, forests that could easily been overlooked.

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great amazing place - lots of pictures taken, there probably is not a bad place in Yellowstone - highly recommend going in September - cooler and less crowded

Thank C1005IUdavidg
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not really a secret, but a really fun swimming hole! It's not cold because of the geyser activity. A bit of a strong current so would not recommend for little ones. Great for stronger kids and adults. Very pleasant little series of rapids to explore!

Thank klvoigt
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Very nice location with turnouts to stop and view the river and canyon. There is a swimming area that can be used during certain times of the year.

Thank 1968ChevyDude
Reviewed 10 September 2018

This is definitely not a must see. The Firehole Falls ia only about 40 feet and looks more like a rapid. The Gibbon Falls on the road between Madison Junction and Norris Junction is twice as tall and easier to access being on the roadside...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

When on the lower loop, this is a great spot to stop for some amazing background pictures. With multiple locations and less traffic than other areas of the park, this should be on your list for that perfect vacation photo.

Thank JMBailey2016
Reviewed 27 August 2018

And a swimming hole plus a diving platform just behind the no diving sign. We enjoyed the show and the water. A very popular spot with more great scenery.

Thank jamesbond44
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We went here by car as the road is not accessible by RV. We read you can swim here in warm water (warm by volcanic heating). Unfortunately there was too much water in the river so it was not safe to swim. Nevertheless it is...More

Thank traveladdict3500
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

The canyon drive to get here is a gorgeous 2mile stretch. You can park roadside and walk down the rocky path to the water. Bring water shoes. My 7th grade daughter and I decided this would be a great experience to say we swam in...More

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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.