It’s so hot in Death Valley, Calif., you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. But officials at the national park – where the mercury hit 134 this week, marking its 100th year as the hottest place on Earth — are asking visitors to resist the temptation to prove the old saying.

After an employee posted a video of an egg being fried on the sidewalk (and it went viral), visitors have come armed with eggs and spatulas. And they're leaving a monumental mess for the maintenance crew. You think cleaning burnt eggs out of a pan is hard? Try cleaning them off pavement.

Park officials have updated the Facebook page with a plea for patrons to please leave the eggs at home. “This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks…”

And if you just can’t help yourself and absolutely must indulge your curiosity, at least do so using a pan or tin foil, they add.

NBC’s Brian Williams reports on the hot mess below:

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