Vice News did an interesting little piece where they filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all of Yellowstone’s hot spring-related accident reports between 2013 and now. The answer is 10 and one resulted in the death of a 23-year-old when he fell into Norris Geyser Basin in 2016. The nine other accidents involved injuries ranging from splash burns to “sloughing skin.”
“Yellowstone is filled with natural wonders that are also potential hazards. Special rules apply here, and those rules exist in order to protect visitors as well as the park.” -Park Spokesperson
The reports from the NPS included some pretty nasty photos of the blistering you can experience from exposure to the hot springs’ super heated water:
Just a friendly reminder that Yellowstone can be as dangerous as it is majestic and visitors should take the park’s rules seriously. Please enjoy our National Parks responsibly and use common sense.
[images from nps.gov]