Yellowstone ranger makes a strange catch while fishing in steaming geyser

Park Ranger fishing for hats in geyser
(Image credit: Yellowstone Teton Tours)

Wearing a hat is always wise when visiting a National Park, particularly in summer, and it seems rangers at Yellowstone will be only too happy to help if you lose it. Yellowstone Teton Tours, which offers private guided tours of the park, has shared a video of one ranger casually fishing for a stray hat in Excelsior Geyser Crater with a rod and line.

In the clip, which you can watch below, the ranger casts his line into the steaming crater while a colleague waits on the sidelines with a grabber to snag the hat if it's successfully snared.

Speaking to USA Today/FTW Outdoors, tour guide Darcy Laguna explained that rangers usually just use the grabber, but will take more extreme measures if lost headwear is out of reach. She said that the ranger in the clip retrieved the hat on his third attempt.

Measuring 200 x 300ft, Excelsior Geyser Crater discharges over 4,000 gallons of water per minute into the Firehole River. It no longer erupts regularly, but was once the largest geyser in the world, with eruptions occasionally exceeding 300ft tall and 300ft wide.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.