MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Two men who pleaded guilty to trespassing on the cone of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park were sentenced to 10 days in jail and have been banned from the park for five years. Park employees and other witnesses saw two people on the geyser on Sept. 10, 2019 taking photos with their cellphones.

Old Faithful (credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

At least one witness shared photos with park rangers, who cited the two defendants.

Eric Schefflin, 20, of Lakewood, Colorado, and Ryan Goetz. 25, of Woodstock, New York, were sentenced on Dec. 5, 2019 by U.S. Magistrate Mark Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs, park officials announced Thursday.


“Visitors must realize that walking on thermal features is dangerous, damages the resource, and illegal,” Chief Ranger Sarah Davis said in a statement.

The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin and there is scalding water just below the surface, park officials said. Visitors must always remain on boardwalks and exercise extreme caution.

Schefflin and Goetz were also ordered to pay $540 in restitution and were placed on unsupervised probation for five years.

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  1. Rod says:

    Why not make them perform community service work also. We need to implement mandatory community service work in ALL levels of the educational process, for example, from grade school to college. Millennials NEED to start RESPECTING OTHERS!!! Cussing and degrading others and destroying property, whether private or public, is not appropriate, just because of your entitlement mentality. Community service work instills a sense of APPRECIATION AND RESPECT towards oneself and others, which in turn, makes one a better human being!!!

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