Coal Vein Trail Post 11: Ignition

Glowing coals are visible through clay.
Burning Coal Seam

NPS Photo/A. McCann

Quick Facts
Coal Vein Trail
Trail post 11 on the Coal Vein Guided Nature Trail

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits

This is the spot where the coal vein ignited during a lightning storm in 1951. Even today, these natural fires can be started by lightning, prairie fires, or even spontaneous combustion.
Caution! Steep cliff edges ahead. 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Last updated: July 30, 2021