The thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to a damaged road surface, the National Park Service announced on Thursday.
The closure was caused by extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface, damaging the blacktop and creating unsafe driving conditions on the popular and scenic road off the Grand Loop Road halfway between Old Faithful and Madison Junction in the park’s Lower Geyser Basin.
The 3.3-mile loop drive takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.
The road will remain closed for the next several days while maintenance crews make repairs. The date for reopening the road will be determined by national park officials.
Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117, or visit: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm