• A bull elk bugles in Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris, Expect 30-minute Delays

    The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. More »

Missing Visitor Found After Overnight Search

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: June 1, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307)344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307)344-2012

A visitor reported missing Wednesday night in Yellowstone National Park was found safe and unhurt this morning.

       

The 20-year-old man from Washington State was visiting the park with family members. He walked away from his party about 9:00 p.m. at a trailhead near Fishing Bridge. He was last seen about 9:30 p.m. in the Fishing Bridge RV Park.

       

The man was barefoot. He was wearing shorts and a lightweight sweater and had a blanket. Because of heavy bear activity in the area and temperatures forecast to drop below freezing, a search was started immediately.

       

The missing man reappeared about 8:15 this morning at the trailhead near Fishing Bridge. He told rangers that, after leaving the Fishing Bridge RV Park, he walked down the Howard Eaton trail along the east bank of the Yellowstone River and spent the night among the bison grazing in the area. He was in good physical condition.

       

A total of thirteen people and two dog teams were involved in the overnight search. Ranger Michael Keator served as the Incident Commander. Rangers Collette Daigle-Berg and Bonnie Gafney led the dog teams.

Did You Know?

Fishing Bridge.

You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.