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Falling Fatality from Angels Landing in Zion National Park

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Date: June 10, 2007

For Immediate Release
David Eaker 435 772-7811
Bonnie Schwartz 435 772-0172
07-09

Barry Goldstein, 53, of St. Louis, Missouri, fell to his death while hiking within Zion National Park on Friday, June 8, 2007. The fall was from the Angels Landing Trail, one of the most popular hiking destinations in the park. The incident is currently under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the National Park Service.   

At approximately 11:55 a.m., Zion Dispatch received a call from family members who had witnessed Goldstein fall from the Angels Landing Trail, near a point between Scouts Lookout and the summit of Angels Landing. Rangers immediately responded to the area around the base of the cliff where they found his body and confirmed it was a fatality. It is estimated that Goldstein fell approximately 1,000 feet to his death.

This is the second fatality in the park for 2007, both occurring during the past week. Earlier this week (Monday, June 4) a canyoneer fell to his death in the Upper Emerald Pools area.

Park officials remind visitors that hiking, canyoneering and climbing in the park can be dangerous and should not be underestimated. Good planning, proper equipment and sound judgment are essential for a safe and successful trip

Did You Know?

Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Logo

The Olympic Torch passed through Zion National Park enroute to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics