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Safety Concerns Prompt Temporary Canyon Viewpoint Closure

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Date: June 20, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2013              13-048    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Safety Concerns Prompt Temporary Canyon Viewpoint Closure


Concerns over visitor safety have prompted officials at Yellowstone National Park to temporarily close a popular viewpoint.

Inspiration Point is one many popular spots along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from which visitors may view Lower Falls.

The last two tiers of concrete stairs leading to the viewing platform and the platform itself have deteriorated over time.

Due to concerns of visitor safety, the lower section of steps and the viewing platform are temporarily closed.

Park staff members are assessing the damage and determining how to move forward with repair or replacement of the failed stairway and platform.

It is not yet known when the area may reopen to visitors.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Note: Reproduction quality images of the damage are available online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowstonenps/sets/72157632983191652/

 

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Bison in Yellowstone.

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