Foot Found Floating in One of Yellowstone National Park’s Hot Springs

Foot Found Floating in One of Yellowstone National Park’s Hot Springs

The Abyss Pool at Yellowstone National Park is located in the West Thumb Geyser Basin.

UPDATE: According to the Yellowstone National Park public Affairs Office, “Evidence from the investigation thus far suggests that an incident involving one individual likely occurred on the morning of July 31, 2022, at Abyss Pool. Currently, the park believes there was no foul play. The investigation is continuing to determine the circumstances surrounding the death.”

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — An investigation by Yellowstone National Park officials is taking place after part of a foot inside of a shoe was found floating in one of its hot springs Tuesday.

On Tuesday, August 16, an employee found part of a foot in a shoe floating in Abyss Pool, located in the West Thumb Geyser Basin in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park. An investigation is underway, according to Morgan Warthin, Public Affairs Officer for Yellowstone National Park.

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“Since the discovery, rangers have reopened to visitors the temporarily closed West Thumb Geyser Basin and parking lot,” Warthin stated.   

The Abyss Pool has a depth of more than 50 feet and is one of the deepest hot springs in the park. Its temperature is approximately 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). 

“The park does not have any other details to share about this incident currently. We will provide additional information to the public in the next few days,” Warthin said in a statement.