Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone temporarily closed due to bubbling oil

(Yellowstone National Park) – Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to a damaged road surface.

Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface, damaging the blacktop and creating unsafe driving conditions on the popular, scenic road, located off the Grand Loop Road halfway between Old Faithful and Madison Junction in the park’s Lower Geyser Basin.

The 3.3-mile loop drive takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.

The road will remain closed for the next several days while maintenance crews make repairs.  The date for reopening the road is uncertain at this time, and will be determined after crews assess the effectiveness of their efforts.

–Provided by Yellowstone National Park


  1. P.h. Schroeder

    Thar she blows.:)

  2. Stephen Rebecca Simpson

    Thats what Im sayin…..P.h. Schroeder

  3. John Clark

    make it a gravel road and they will not have these problems

  4. Suzette Stenson

    Oil? Is there really oil underneath Yellowstone? Is it going to blow? Only time can tell us that……….

  5. Shelly Humphrey

    Lol if it does we'll have about 30 seconds to get out of Dodge or bend over and kiss our arse good-bye!

  6. Pamela Frazier White

    Tires melt also you know…You'll be mad when your wheels are full of gravel stuck to your melting wheels from your "gravel road" fix.

  7. Pamela Frazier White

    by the way…Welcome Home and thank you for your service :)

  8. Barry Ray

    I think you are missing the point.

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