The 16 Dumbest Things People Have Done In US National Parks

Just waiting for some stupid humans to come along. f11photo/Shutterstock


From the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the colorful thermal geysers of Yellowstone, America has protected some of its most impressive natural wonders in its National Parks.

But like with any precious landmarks, humans are bound to push the limits of respectful observation. Thanks to this Reddit thread, we've compiled 16 of the dumbest things people have done in our National Parks.

Read on, get (un)inspired, and remember to never take a selfie with a bison.

Four men tried to walk into the 160-degree geothermal hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring.Yann Arthus-Bertrand/AP

Four men behind the travel vlog High on Life were thrust under fire in early May for walking off the boardwalk area at Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring. The thermal spring is one of the largest in the United States, and its water hovers around 160 degrees. Danger to the tourists aside, it is also an extremely delicate ecosystem. After drawing ire from the public, the foursome issued an apology.

Source: The Oregonian

A woman graffitied her Instagram handle all over several National Parks.

One of Casey Nocket's pieces of graffiti at Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon.US Justice Department

An Instagram artist named Casey Nocket was banned from all National Parks for life after graffiti of her Instagram handle was documented in seven different parks in 2014. She posted the images of her "tags" on her own Instagram, so was understandably caught relatively quickly and plead guilty in 2016.

Source: Tech Insider

Two people decided to load up a bison calf into the back of their car. It later had to be killed.

A herd of bison graze in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.Thomson Reuters

In May, two visitors to Yellowstone saw what they thought was an abandoned bison calf. Instead of leaving wildlife alone or alerting a ranger, the tourists loaded the calf into the back of their SUV in a "rescue." The calf later had to be euthanized because it was rejected from its herd, likely due to its contact with humans.

Source: National Geographic

A woman smoked meth inside the hollow trunk of a 3,500-year-old tree. She started a fire and the entire tree burned down.

The Senator Tree in Longwood, Florida.Anthony Scotti/Wikimedia Commons

A woman decided to light up in a massive 3,500-year-old Cyprus tree known as "the Senator." The tree caught fire and burned to the ground, and the woman received five years of probation.

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

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