Inspiration Point at Yellowstone shut for safety reasonsJun 25, 2013 The Associated Press
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- The popular Inspiration Point in Yellowstone National Park has been closed temporarily because of safety concerns about the concrete steps leading to the viewing platform.
Inspiration Point is along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from which visitors can view Lower Falls.
The National Park Service says the last two tiers of concrete stairs leading to the viewing platform and the platform itself have deteriorated to the point that visitor safety is a concern.
Park staff is assessing the damage and determining how to move forward with repair or replacement of the failed stairway and platform.
It is not yet known when Inspiration Point will reopen to visitors. There are other nearby viewing points along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
The point, which was originally named Promontory Point in 1878, juts out from the rest of the canyon wall to offer panoramic views up and down the canyon.
It used to protrude even farther than it does today. An earthquake in 1975 fractured the former end of the point, and about 100 feet of the initial viewing platform crashed into the Yellowstone River.