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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
October 13, 2006
Firehole Lake Drive is a simple, 2-mile, one way road located in the south-western section of Yellowstone between Midway and Lower Geyser Basins. Drive it and you may find surprises waiting for you... pleasant, visual surprises - and all coming one right after the other - with the added benefit (for some) of no hike or elevation change required to see them at their best.
Surprise Pool is one of those deep blue, gorgeous pools found right at the beginning of the drive. A little further down, some might be fortunate enough to see Great Fountain Geyser erupting (we weren't, but the "base" for it is still impressive).
Continuing on, is a geyser that is incredibly unique in its look - and a reason alone to make this 2 mile detour - White Dome Geyser. We DID get to see that one erupt - it looked picture perfect! You'll also instantly know why it's named "White Dome..." Intervals between eruptions here are generally only 15-30 minutes, so it is worth a wait if you aren't fortunate enough to see it right as you drive up as we were.
Another short drive and you're at Pink Cone Geyser - another we saw erupting... and another appropriately named... Near the end of the drive the road goes between Hot Lake and Firehole Lake. You can stop here (and at all those other spots)... as there are boardwalked short trails allowing you to see the lakes better - and see a "hot cascade" that flows into Hot Lake. Colors vary.
This drive doesn't take long - most of the time is spent looking at the features - and some of these features - esp White Dome Geyser just aren't duplicated elsewhere. You could drive on by on the main road missing it all, but why would you? You've lost little time by taking this 2 mile detour - well, unless you get "hooked" watching a geyser erupt! Besides - didn't you come to Yellowstone to see such things?
From journal 2006 Trip Pt 2 - WY - Devil's Tower to Yellowstone
Overland Park, Kansas
May 9, 2002
The Number One attraction on this drive is the Great Fountain Geyser. This geyser normally erupts a couple of times a day and a stop at the Ranger Station by Old Faithful will get you a prediction of when it will erupt next. Normally this prediction is also posted on a sign by the Geyser. The prediction for this geyser's next eruption time though is usually + or - 2 hours. There is limited parking by the geyser and we like to just go park and wait for it to erupt. If it's predicted eruption time is around noon time, we simply take our lunch and eat while waiting.
Great Fountain Geyser is a pool geyser as opposed to White Dome Geyser which is just a short distance down the road. Once you see Great Fountain's area and watch it erupt, you can readily see how it got its name as it looks much like Fountains you find in cities all over the world. It is well worth the wait to see it erupt.
Just down the road is the White Dome Geyser, a cone geyser which erupts quite frequently. Again, there is some parking by it and we often plan to park by it for lunch and watch it. It is not at all unusual to have it erupt 2 or 3 times while we are eating.
Next down the road is the Pink Cone Geyser which is not a predictable geyser but on our last trip to Yellowstone we were fortunate to drive by when it was erupting.
Some people think that if you've seen one geyser erupt, you've experienced a geyser but each geyser is unique unto to itself and puts on its own show which we find interesting to observe.
On past Pink Cone Geyser is when you get to the Three Senses Nature Trail. Much of this can be seen just driving by but take the time to park, there is more parking here, and walk the trail and see some of the area up close.
From journal Yellowstone - Spend Some Time