Search and Rescue Blog

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Every year, park rangers and search and rescue (SAR) personnel respond to approximately 250 emergency incidents in Zion National Park. In an effort to prevent these emergencies, the park will post certain incidents on this blog with the hope that everyone can learn from these experiences.

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Canyoneering Fatality in Heaps Canyon

July 15, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Saturday, July 12 at approximately 11:30 pm, Zion Dispatch received a call about a canyoneerer taking a 100-foot un-roped fall in Heaps Canyon. Rangers began making a plan for the following morning and requested a helicopter from Grand Canyon to assist.


During a Rescue Operation in The Narrows, Rangers Receive a Second Report of an Injury in The Narrows.

July 10, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 am, Zion Dispatch received a report of a 57-year-old male who fell in The Narrows and suffered a leg injury and was unable to move. During the first rescue, the SAR team received a report of a second injury in The Narrows. A 15-year-old girl had fallen and hit her head.


Injured Hiker Spends Unintended Night in The Narrows Waiting for Assistance.

July 07, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

A woman with a lower leg injury, unable to bear wight on the injury, was reported in The Narrows on July 5. Her location was about 6 miles from the trailhead at the Temple of Sinawava. A medic and an EMT were sent in to locate and spend the night with the patient while a float/carryout team was organized for the next morning.


Ankle Injury in The Narrows

July 02, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Wednesday July 1, 2015, Zion Dispatch received a radio call that a 44-year-old man had suffered an ankle injury. He could not bear weight on the injured ankle and needed assistance.


Several Calls for Assistance During Extreme Heat in June.

July 01, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On June 27, 2015 there were several calls for assistance in Zion Canyon. There were three reports in The Narrows and two on the trail to Observation Point. Temperatures reached 108 degrees that day.


Lost Hikers Rescued and Jumping Injury Carryout

June 24, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On June 23, rangers responded to two rescue requests within a 90 minute span. The first incident was two lost hikers needing assistance, the other was a jumping injury that took place in The Narrows.


Dehydration Suspected as Cause for Injury on Angels Landing

June 17, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On June 1, 2015 Park medics respond to a medical issue believed to be cause by dehydration.


Jumping Injury in The Subway

May 20, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

At the top of the final descent chute above the Russell Gulch/Left Fork junction, a 53-year-old man jumped off a rock which was about two feet above the surrounding terrain and suffered a lower leg injury.


Highline Rescue in Pine Creek

April 02, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

On May 3, 2015 at about 14:00 hours, a fee ranger at Tunnel East reported to Zion dispatch that there was an injured party in Pine Creek Canyon requesting assistance. Pine Creek is a technical slot canyon requiring wet suits and multiple rappels.


Two Canyoneering Groups Enter Wrong Canyon and Need Assistance

March 22, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

In one week, two canyoneering groups required assistance because they entered the wrong canyon.


Meet Chase, Zion Preventative Search and Rescue Ranger

January 29, 2015 Posted by: Zion National Park

Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) is an attempt to prevent incidents from turning into accidents through education.


Injured Hiker Rescued from Pine Creek Canyon

November 15, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

On November 15 2014, a group of three was rappelling through Pine Creek Canyon. A member of the party jumped off an obstacle about five feet into a pool of water and suffered a significant lower leg injury.


Climber Dies After Fall at Zion National Park

October 19, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

A rock climber, male, age 47, died Sunday afternoon, October 19, 2014, after falling in Zion National Park.


Two People Injured Due to Jumping

October 10, 2014 Posted by: NPS

Over a span of ten minutes on the afternoon of October 10th, Zion NP received reports of two visitors requiring evacuation by means of technical rope rescues from two separate locations.


Body of Overdue Hiker Found in The Narrows

September 27, 2014 Posted by: NPS

After a large flood, the body of a 34-year-old male hiker was found by park rangers in The Narrows in Zion National Park.


Injured Canyoneer Short-Hauled from Imlay Canyon

July 16, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Wednesday, July 16, Zion Search and Rescue worked to reach an injured hiker in Imlay Canyon and bring him to safety for medical attention.


Two Narrows Rescues on Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

Two patients were rafted out of The Narrows due to two different incidents on Memorial Day.


Highline Rescue in Hidden Canyon

May 11, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

On May 11, a 23-year-old female fell about 10 feet while climbing up an obstacle in Hidden Canyon.


Five Emergency Calls on a Busy Easter Weekend

April 19, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Saturday April 19, park rangers responded to four separate incidents in the span of one hour. The next day, rangers responded to an emergency in the Kolob Canyons area of the park.


Noted Climber Killed In BASE Jump

April 01, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

On the morning of March 23, Sean Leary, a well-known and accomplished climber and BASE jumper, was reported missing by his wife after failing to return home to California from a trip to the park.


Canyoneer Injured in Jolley Gulch

March 13, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Tuesday, March 11th, Zion dispatch received a report of an injured canyoneer in Jolley Gulch along the park’s eastern boundary.


Bicyclists Seriously Injured after Illegally Bicycling Through the Tunnel

February 24, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

A group of eight bicyclists attempted to illegally bicycle through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. Two of the bicyclists hit the tunnel wall and crashed.


BASE Jumper Fatality

February 09, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park

A BASE jumper died from a failed jumping attempt off Mount Kinesava.


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