Indiana Man Banned From Yellowstone National Park for Five Years After Showing Up to Kayak Intoxicated

by Halle Ames

If you want to get banned from Yellowstone National Park for several years, this is how. Show up intoxicated.

We are not above tipping back a cold one or two, but this Indiana man may have taken it too far.

According to the New York Post, 31-year-old Kyle Campbell is banned from Yellowstone National Park for five years after showing up to a group kayaking trip intoxicated. Campbell was apparently “wreaking havoc” when Yellowstone park rangers arrived on the scene.

Park officials refused to let Campbell and his group kayak Yellowstone National Park’s Grant Marina. They planned to spend June 21 out on the water.

In a press report, the National Park Service says that the kayak guide “thought they were too intoxicated.”

Once turned away by the guide, the group allegedly began to cause a scene and disturbance. The guide quickly called security offers and other park law enforcement rangers. The press release continues, saying that Campbell “made threatening comments” to Yellowstone National Park officers. Campbell also refused to follow their orders, which proceeded to him kicking one official while struggling to resist arrest.

Pleads Guilty

A few days later, on June 23, Kyle Campbell pleaded guilty to numerous charges. Some include disorderly conduct, threatening and resisting, and being under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree that may endanger oneself or others.

In addition to getting banned from Yellowstone National Park, Campbell was sentenced to 60 days of prison time.

The Acting United States Attorney, Bob Murray, made a statement about the case. He explained that enjoying the national park is one thing, but officials will not tolerate this behavior.

“We understand that people are eager to get out this summer and enjoy our national parks; however, this type of behavior is unacceptable,” stated Murray. “Stay sober because unruly and intoxicated behavior will only earn you a spot with the jailbirds rather than enjoying the beauty and adventure of Yellowstone.”

Yellowstone National Park

Every year, Yellowstone National Park sees roughly four million visitors hike and kayak, the oldest national park in the country. The NPS reports that the summer months of June, July, and August are the busiest months by far.

The park stretched across three states, with the bulk of the 3,500 acres residing in Wyoming. According to Yellowstone’s website, the park “features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope.”

Unfortunately, the Indiana man has to wait five years before he can enjoy the area again. I bet he will stick to water next time, though.