Tourism authorities in the Death Valley National Park, the hottest places on earth, have been told to refrain from frying eggs on the ground.
The park, which lies up to 86 metres below sea level, is the lowest and driest part of North America, and holds the record for the highest recorded air temperature on Earth.
Its scorching reputation means that visitors regularly try to fry eggs on the ground, but the practise had reportedly led to a growing problem with litter.
Last week David Shukman, a BBC correspondent, attempted the stunt with limited success. He followed the lead of a Death Valley National Park employee, however, and broke his egg directly into a frying pan, rather than onto the ground.
A spokesman for the park explained on its Facebook page: “An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents.
“However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.”
It added: “This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks.”
Death Valley, located across California and Nevada, will tomorrow celebrate the 100th anniversary of the day it claimed the world heat record – 134°F (57°C).
A temperature of 136°F (57.8°C) was recording in the Libyan town of Al-Aziziyah, 40km south of Tripoli, on September 13, 1922. However this record was later dismissed as unreliable.
The US has been in the grip of a massive heat wave in recent weeks, with temperatures at the park pushing 122°F (50°C).