At the famous hot springs, visitors cannot leave the designated paths and walkways. Management has warned that the ground near the hot springs is thin and could rupture. Beneath the surface of the earth is scalding water.
After finding the foot, previous investigations point to a no-fault accident. But it will continue to be investigated. According to current knowledge, the discovery may be related to an accident on the morning of July 31 near the Abyss Pool.
Fatal after slipping
Accidents happen all the time in Yellowstone Park, the oldest national park in the United States. In 2016, a young man died after slipping off a pier and falling into the Norris Geyser Basin hot springs. In 2021, two park visitors had to be treated for scalding after coming into contact with the water.
Yellowstone Park spans over 9,000 square kilometers between the US states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. In 2021, 4.8 million people visited the nature reserve, which is home to hot springs, mud pots and about half of the world’s active geysers, among other things.
Yellowstone Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. Beneath the park is the largest supervolcano in the Americas.