Friday, May 30, 2008



..The Artists Paintpots area in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to visitor safety concerns. The area is located along a one mile loop trail east of the Grand Loop road, about two and a half miles south of Norris Junction.
.. A visitor was injured yesterday afternoon when she was hiking on the established dirt trail with family members. Utah resident Jeanette Hogan says she stepped in a surface puddle of rainwater along the edge of the trail when the crust beneath gave way. She broke through to a previously undiscovered pool of hot water, and received burns to her ankle and lower
.. Members of a park s trail crew were working on another section of the Artists Paintpots trail at the time of the accident. Crew members were able to provide immediate first aid and summon park emergency personnel, who took the patient by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. The extent of Hogan s injuries and current condition are
.. Park geologists are currently evaluating the area. The water in the pool is 171 degrees Fahrenheit. Water boils at about 197 degrees Fahrenheit at that altitude. The water at the surface of the hot pool was found to be slightly acidic, with a pH similar to vinegar.
.. The parking lot and trail will remain temporarily closed until the area can be safely reopened to visitors.