Some unpaved roads are closed
Recent rains have caused extensive damage to the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »
Extreme Fire Danger
Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »
New backcountry requirements in effect
Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »
River Incident Report #832111
Date of Incident: May 20, 1983
While being positioned for a run, the second boat struck a submerged rock or log which displaced the motor (it was never determined if this was at Big Drop Two or Big Drop Three). The boatman lost control of the boat and it hit a hole which buckled the raft. Four people were thrown into the river and others aboard sustained minor injuries from loose equipment. One of those in the water clung to the boat until it reached shore; two swam to shore; and the fourth, a non-swimmer, floated downstream about two miles. Although face up in his life jacket, the victim was lifeless when recovered 15 to 20 minutes after the accident. CPR was administered for a short time to no avail.
Did You Know?
Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes. More...