Giant ‘ice volcano’ in New York state park tops 20 feet in height

CASTILE, N.Y. — Freezing weather in upstate New York has helped Letchworth State Park’s renowned “ice volcano” to top 20 feet in height.

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The state park, located in western New York south of Rochester, houses a gravity-fed fountain outside the Glen Iris Inn, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported.

The inn was built by New York businessman William Pryor Letchworth, who constructed the fountain in the late 1800s, the newspaper reported. The fountain uses water from a pond uphill to push the fountain spray up to 50 feet.

The state park, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” for its scenic gorges, has seen some spectacular views thanks to the frozen fountain.

Some years, the ice structure has been reported to grow to its full fountain height. Since the ice volcano gained national attention in 2015, it has become a big draw for tourists, the Post-Standard reported.

The park has released a video that explains how the fountain works and why it freezes into a tower of ice during the winter.

This year is no exception, and the views have been spectacular.

The famous ‘ice volcano’ next to the Glen Iris in Letchworth State Park continues to grow! ❄️❤️❄️ Experience this...

Posted by Wyoming County NY Tourism on Saturday, February 20, 2021