A Yellowstone visitor filmed a tourist couple washing their dogs in thermal water last week, risking serious injury to them and their pets.
I am sad to say this happened today at Firehole Lake Drive.
They were washing their dogs in the Thermal water!!!!!
The stream was runoff from Firehole Lake, and steam can clearly be seen coming off the water.
- Related: Woman Jailed and Fined for Leaving Boardwalk and Walking on Thermal Ground at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone regulations say that tourists cannot legally exit boardwalks in thermal areas. Pets are not allowed on boardwalks, hiking trails, or in thermal areas. In thermal areas, what appears to be solid ground could crumble into scalding water under the weight of people – hence, the need for boardwalks.