Tourists walk on Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser

These people are lucky they weren't seriously burned. Someone in Wisconsin watching an Old Faithful webcam saw 30 members of a tour group walking on the famous geyser's cone to get a very close look. The webcam watcher notified Yellowstone rangers, who removed the group and fined the leaders.

The tourists claimed they didn't see the signs, in multiple languages, that spell out the dangers of thermal areas and the requirement to stay on boardwalks and trails.

I've been to Old Faithful. There are many prominent signs and information. I think you'd need to be willfully obtuse to decide to take a stroll on top of a geyser.

Of course, the park also hands out plenty of info about not approaching wildlife, and that doesn't dissuade some visitors from trying for a bison photo opp.

Update: The video above has been removed from YouTube. Currently, you can watch the same or a similar video on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.


via AP

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May 1, 2011 at 6:16 p.m. (EDT)

Hmmmm, disregard for ones own safety at its finest. This could of been VERY bad to say the least. Just when ya think you've heard it all....

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May 2, 2011 at 1:59 p.m. (EDT)

A negative side of human nature. lol

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May 2, 2011 at 4:33 p.m. (EDT)

....but those other people did it!

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May 2, 2011 at 8:52 p.m. (EDT)

You know, there's really something to be said for the process of natural selection. What on earth were these people thinking? I mean, seriously! The rules and regs at NPs like Yellowstone get stricter every year because of idiots like these.

I wouldn't be surprised if my unborn grandchildren were forced to visit places like Old Faithful by web cam or other "virtual" means vs. seeing and experiencing the real thing. It's a sad thought but not outside the realm of possibility. Thanks for getting me all fired up Alicia! ;)

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May 2, 2011 at 9:04 p.m. (EDT)

Back in the old old old those individuals did resulted in the smarter ones surviving and - well - the other ones dying off by selection. hahahaha.

Bill S
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May 2, 2011 at 9:37 p.m. (EDT)

Many years ago, the ranger giving the talk would invite people up for a close look into the mouth of the geyser (I was about 10 on our family "Great Western National Park Tour" that was "required" of all people west of the Appalachians). There is a photo of me at the lip with the ranger next to me. Seems that before the big earthquake in northern Yellowstone in the 1970s(?), Old Faithful was more "faithful" and gave more of a warning before erupting. Then again, that was when people were still trying to get bears into the driver's seat of the car to get a photo, there was a nightly "bear feed" at the garbage dump, and Yosemite still had the "Firefall".

Times change, and the lawyers have filed lots of suits holding everyone from the rangers to the US President responsible for any injury real or imagined.

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May 4, 2011 at 1:23 a.m. (EDT)

The video says "not available."  :(


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May 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

The video has been removed from YouTube.

However, currently, you can watch the same or a similar video on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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