Man Identified in Yellowstone Geyser Death

By on June 8, 2016
The incident at Norris Geyser basin is the second thermal incident this month in Yellowstone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The fatality at Norris Geyser basin is the second thermal incident this month in Yellowstone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming — The man who walked off the boardwalk and fell into the hot spring at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone Tuesday has been identified by park officials. Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oreg., was with his sister, who reported the incident to rangers. Scott was pronounced dead Tuesday evening.

Described by the NPS as the hottest thermal area in Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin is the second location where a thermal incident has occurred this month in the nation’s first national park. Just last week a 13-year-old boy and his father suffered burns after walking off trail in the Upper Geyser Basin.

Some say these incidents—including injuries and death due to folks straying from designated areas or approaching/petting dangerous wildlife—may indicate more of what’s to come, as a record number of visitors are expected to visit the national parks this summer for the parks’ centennial birthday. Although they escaped their indiscretions without physical harm, the Grand Prismatic Springs offenders come to mind. The group of Canadians who documented themselves trespassing onto the delicate springs last month may illustrate the need to find new ways to disseminate common sense messages to park visitors. If that doesn’t help… we give up.

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Planet Jackson Hole. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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