Man Banned From Yellowstone For Cooking Chicken In The Hot Springs

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Over the summer, we finally had the chance to visit Acadia National Park in Maine. There are many other parks that we’d love to visit including Yellowstone.

Yellowstone is famous for its “unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders“,  according to

One man decided to use the unique features of the park to heat up a meal and it cost him.

Travel + Leisure recently wrote how a “man was banned from Yellowstone National Park after rangers caught him cooking chickens in the hot springs.”

When I first saw the headline, I found it pretty funny. It sounded like it could’ve been a scene in the new Borat film!

The man, from Idaho was caught by rangers making hot spring chicken a couple of years back but he recently pled guilty to various charges.

T+L shares more details of what took place thanks to info from Newsweek. A ranger received intel that a group of 10 people (including a child) were heading towards Shoshone Geyser Basin with cooking pots. They were caught with a couple of chickens in a sack which was inside a hot spring.

The man’s penalty is two years of unsupervised probation. He is also banned from visiting Yellowstone while on probation. There are also monetary fines involved.

There are no details as to what happened to other suspects involved in the incident.

Final Thoughts: I am surprised that the man did not receive a lifetime ban from Yellowstone. I also wondered what chicken cooked in a hot spring would taste like!

7 thoughts on “Man Banned From Yellowstone For Cooking Chicken In The Hot Springs

  1. What is a hot spring if not nature’s immersion cooker? Sealed chicken in a bag, with some herbs and maybe a few lemon slices. As long as the hot spring temp is 165 F, you’ve got poached chicken.

  2. Visit the Whakarewarewa Moari Reserve in Rotorua, New Zealand, where the residents cook their meals in thermal vents all the time. It is rather unique to this iwi (tribe) because they are lucky enough to have thermal vents right next to their home. They often meals to guests who visit the park ( These meals include chicken!

  3. Don’t even need to read the article. The title alone is hilarious. Reading the details would only dilute it.

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