Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, closing sites

Bison feed in Yellowstone National Park. (Daniel Mayer, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)
Bison feed in Yellowstone National Park. (Daniel Mayer, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)
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Updated: 7/10 11:11 am

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ever-changing geology of Yellowstone National Park is melting an asphalt road, closing off access to several popular geysers and other thermal features at the height of tourist season.

Park officials said Thursday they're evaluating how to fix the problem. Meanwhile, they're telling visitors not to attempt to hike into the affected area. They say the danger of stepping through a solid-looking crust of soil into boiling-hot water is just too high.

The hot spot has closed Firehole Lake Drive, a 3.3-mile loop 6 miles north of Old Faithful that takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.

Naturally changing thermal features often damage Yellowstone's roads and boardwalks. Park spokesman Al Nash says fixing this damage will be a bit more challenging than the typical repair.

 

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