Several visitors were observed walking on Grand Prismatic Spring last weekend in Yellowstone National Park. Note: this story has been updated since it was first published.
According to KXLF, one Wyoming resident (who has asked to remain anonymous) snapped several photos (shown below, along with a Youtube video) of visitors trotting along Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in North America.
It is, of course, prohibited and illegal to leave the boardwalk, as it is a danger to both personal safety and the hot spring. To do so on Grand Prismatic Spring is especially egregious.
This is not the first time visitors have tampered with Grand Prismatic Spring. Several summers ago, one visitor accidentally flew a drone straight into the feature.
There is no word whether the men in the pictures were fined or taken into custody by Park rangers or law enforcement.
UPDATE: The men pictured above have been linked to a company called High On Life SundayFundayz. All four have issued a formal apology on their Facebook page, pledging to donate to Yellowstone National Park in light of their “over zealous” awe—with one caveat: that people share the company’s apology using a custom hashtag.
SECOND UPDATE: Rangers have filed a criminal complaint against three of the men pictured above, according to the Casper Star Tribune.