GOSA (The Geyser Observation and Study Association)


Backcountry Thermal Areas



I. These pages describe backcountry geyser basins and thermal areas which are dangerous.

II. The descriptions of these areas are provided by people experienced in travel to backcountry geyser basins and thermal areas. These descriptions usually will not include specific warnings about potential dangers in these areas which do not have boardwalks or signs but these dangers are always present.

III. Backcountry areas are dangerous and have caused fatal injuries. New areas should never be entered without someone who can explain specific and necessary precautions and without preliminary reading to know the nature of the thermal features.

IV. The most common hazards are:

V. Specific advice: