Follow the Rules!

Danger - Keep off Thermal Area

We actually follow the rules in the parks we visit.

It shouldn’t, but it often surprises us when others don’t, like the fellow below.  The area he is standing in is a thermal area off the trail at Norris Geyser basin.

People have stepped and fallen through fragile surfaces that look very solid. Some have been injured by scalding hot liquids that may lie under any of the thermal areas off the designated trails.

Writing his 1995 book Death in Yellowstone, park historical archivist Lee H. Whittlesey sifted through National Park Service records to identify 19 human fatalities from falling into thermal features. – Geothermal Attractions Can Be Dangerous

Danger - Keep off Thermal Area

About 20 minutes after I shot the picture above, I spotted a hole in the surface of the thermal area about the same distance off the trail.

Danger - Keep off Thermal Area

The surface of these areas often looks perfectly safe, but looks can be very deceiving.

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  • Yellowstone is a location I’ve yet to visit but my husband really wants to go there. I’m sure I’d enjoy it once I saw all of its natural beauty but it’s just not on my top list of places to go. At some point I’d like to see all of this country’s meaningful landmarks since they’re all within easy traveling distance to me, and it’d be a shame to miss the wonders we have here. I’m surprised there were so many fatal accidents there but it serves as a reminder to always be mindful and careful when you’re in unfamiliar territory.
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  • Yellowstone is well worth the visit. Lodging in cabins, inns, and hotels in the park must be reserved well in advance of your actual visit if you visit during the peak summer season.

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