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Norris Back Basin Temporarily Closed Due To Construction

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Date: July 1, 2009
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2015

Map of Norris Geyser Basin showing temporary closure

Complications Keep Wraith Falls Trail Closed
Work on a section of boardwalk has temporarily closed a portion of one of Yellowstone’s popular geyser basins.

About 400 feet of boardwalk in the Back Basin of Norris Geyser Basin is being rebuilt. This will temporarily restrict access to Minute, Monarch and Fearless geysers for about a month.

The Norris Geyser Basin is one of the hottest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s hydrothermal areas. Norris is the home of the Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest active geyser.

Meanwhile, the trail to Wraith Falls east of Mammoth Hot Springs remains closed. Efforts to install handrails on the viewing platform were slowed when workers struck bedrock while attempting to install support posts.  This has delayed reopening of the trail for several days. 

The Wraith Falls Trail work is funded by a donation from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

- www.nps.gov/yell-

Producers/Editors note: A map showing the temporary boardwalk closure in the Norris Geyser Basin can be found online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/09048.htm

A publication quality version of the digital image used in this news release is available at http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/slidefile/thermalfeatures/geysers/norris/Images/09704.jpg

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.