Monkey see, monkey do. You’d think one idiot ignoring all the signage and dipping their hand into a geothermal feature at Yellowstone National Park to discover it was indeed hot would be enough but some folks just can’t help themselves.
As a reminder, not only is this kind of blatant disregard for park rules incredibly dangerous, it also puts a fragile ecosystems at risk. If you have any information that could lead to identifying these idiots or anyone else involved in similar situations you are encouraged to call Yellowstone’s anonymous tip line @ 307-344-2132.
Yellowstone National Park Thermal Areas:
Boardwalks and trails protect you and delicate thermal formations. Water in hot springs can cause severe or fatal burns, and scalding water underlies most of the thin, breakable crust around hot springs.
- Always walk on boardwalks and designated trails. Keep children close and do not let them run on boardwalks.
- Do not touch thermal features or runoff.
- Swimming or soaking in hot springs is prohibited. More than 20 people have died from burns suffered after they entered or fell into Yellowstone’s hot springs.
- Pets are prohibited in thermal areas.
- Do not throw objects into hot springs or other hydrothermal features.
- Toxic gases may accumulate to dangerous levels in some hydrothermal areas. If you begin to feel sick while exploring one of our geyser basins, leave the area immediately.