A Yellowstone hot spot turned the road into bubbling asphalt soup and caused several of the attractions and geysers to be closed on Friday, July 11.
It is no secret that the power that sits under Yellowstone is huge super volcano called a caldera. The magma under Yellowstone causes the geysers and the hot springs that people come from miles around to see. From time to time, magma bubbles through the cracks to the surface. This time it caused Firehole Lake Drive to become a bubbling hot soupy mess.
Firehole Lake Drive provides access to Firehole Lake, the Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser, and a hot spring. Those attractions have been shut down while the hot spot cools and the access way is repaired. Park officials say those areas will more than likely be closed for a week.
The extreme heat, causing what park officials are calling a “soupy mess,” came just as peak tourist season is hitting the park.