1.Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
The Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico have impressive icicle-shaped mineral deposits that emphasize both the cave’s size and beauty.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors stop by each year to tour the caverns or partake in one of their bat flight and star parties. It wasn’t until recently that an invisible threat was putting guests in danger.
With dozens of rooms for tourists to check out, one might assume that the most dangerous thing about the Carlsbad Caverns would be getting lost.
2.The Big Island, Hawaii
Most people know that Hawaii is made up of a group of eight islands, but few know that the islands are all made up of volcanic rock.
This means that visitors and residents can expect occasional volcanic activity. Recently, the Big Island has been experiencing more volcanic activity than usual, scaring off many tourists
Even though experts have said that volcanic eruptions only affect a small portion of the island, the number of tourists visiting the Big Island has dropped by half.
3.Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Those who visit Antelope Canyon are there to capture once-in-a-lifetime views in a wide array of colors that can be found nowhere else.
What tourists aren’t usually aware of is the number of deaths that have occurred within the canyons. Hikers have been known to slip and fall and get hit by falling rocks, but that’s not what makes this popular attraction so dangerous.
Antelope Canyon has been known to experience flash flooding on occasion, even killing 11 hikers in one day.
4.Devil’s Hole, New York
Located north of Niagara Falls, the Devil’s Hole is named after the park’s history rather than the danger it poses.
As the site of the 1763 battle between the British and the Seneca Native Americans, the area holds a dark past. It’s said that the British soldiers were slaughtered by the Native Americans, and there were no survivors.
The deadly battle was over an essential portage used by Native Americans to move their canoes around the falls and rapids on the Niagara River.
5.Death Valley, California
In addition to the heat, tourists have to be able to navigate the area’s rocky terrain and watch out for a number of venomous animals.
A highly experienced tour guide is not just recommended, it’s necessary for anyone considering a trip to Death Valley.
6.Jacob’s Well, Texas
Jacob’s Well is a mile-deep natural pool in Texas. Many who visit the waterhole stick to its edges or take a dip to cool off.
The views are majestic and the area is usually safe for these visitors. However, the spot has become popular among divers who like to explore the depths of the pool, many of who are inexperienced.
Several divers have lost their lives exploring the mysterious waters of Jacob’s Well, likely by losing their way in the dark caverns far below the surface.
7.The Red Triangle, California
The Red Triangle is an area in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Northern California known for being home to many great white sharks.
For this reason, the area is responsible for more shark attacks than anywhere else in the country. In fact, roughly 38 percent of great white shark attacks in the United States occurred in the Red Triangle and 11 percent of shark attacks worldwide.
8.Yellowstone, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
As one of the most beautiful areas of the country, Yellowstone National Park attracts tourists from all over the world.
Well-known for its wild terrain and ample hot springs, the park can also be dangerous for visitors. Taking on Yellowstone is no walk in the park and going there unprepared can prove to be deadly. There is no one specific area in Yellowstone National Park that causes injuries or death, as it’s multiple things that are the issue.
Since the park sits on a supervolcano, boiling geysers and hot springs are commonly found by tourists. Those who ignore the warning signs may end up severely burned or boiled to death.
9.Great Dunes National Park, Colorado
Known for its picturesque sand dunes and hiking trails, the weather at Great Dunes National Park varies greatly depending on the time of the year.
When it’s warm, however, the sand can reach temperatures of more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit making it unbearable to walk on. Those who dare risk melting their shoes, severe burns, dehydration, and heatstroke.
That’s not the only danger that this park possesses though. Those who can stand the heat and dare to hike the park’s trails have a few more hazards to look out for.