Fatality in Zion National Park
Contact: Ron Terry, 435-772-7811
Zion National Park received a report on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at approximately 4:20 p.m. that a woman fell from Scout Lookout. The report came from a 911 call by other hikers. Rangers were immediately dispatched to the location to investigate.
Information from other hikers helped to determine the location where the fall occurred and the area to be searched below Scout Lookout. A body was sighted on a ledge approximately 1000 feet below Scout Lookout. To reach the location, rangers had to cross the Virgin River, flowing over 400 cubic feet per second at the time, ascend a steep slope and then use technical climbing skills to access the ledge. With darkness approaching, it was decided to postpone the recovery effort until Wednesday morning for the safety of the recovery team. On Wednesday morning, the recovery team successfully brought the body down to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
The woman, hiking alone and believed to be in her 60s, remains unidentified. Park Rangers are searching for unattended vehicles and checking with lodging facilities in the park and in Springdale.
As is the case with all fatalities in Zion National Park, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident in cooperation with the National Park Service.