BILLINGS, Mt. — Officials say the death of a tourist who strayed from a boardwalk and fell into a high-temperature acidic spring in Yellowstone National Park offers a grisly reminder for visitors to follow park rules.
Rangers suspended efforts to recover the body of 23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. They say there are no remains left to recover.
A former colleague of Scott says the victim was on a post-college graduation trip with his sister and planned to enter a doctoral program this fall.
Anne Herman is the registrar for Pacific University in Oregon.
She says she was shocked to learn 23-year-old Colin Scott died after wandering from a Yellowstone boardwalk on Tuesday in violation of park rules.
Scott worked in Herman’s office before graduating on May 21 as the top student in his program.
Herman says Scott may not have realized what he was doing when he left the boardwalk.
She described him as a “dream kid” who was smart, well-liked and polite.
Scott’s death follows a string of incidents raising questions about tourist behavior at the nation’s first national park as visitor numbers surge. That includes people getting too close to wildlife and entering dangerous areas in violation of regulations.
Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said visitors must keep to designated boardwalks in areas such as the Norris Geyser Basin, where boiling water flows just beneath a thin rock crust.