Road at Yellowstone National Park partially melts from extreme heat
Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:07 PM - Yellowstone National Park says it's temporarily shutting down a road because heat has partially melted it.
"Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to a damaged road surface," the park said Thursday. "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, scenic road, located 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 is expected to be closed for several days while repairs are made.
"There are plenty of other great places to see thermal features in the park," said Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash. "I wouldn't risk personal injury to see these during this temporary closure."