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Visitor Fatality on the Pinnacles Trail

The Pinnacles Trail is a popular, but steep, trail that provides access to the high Chisos Mountains.
The Pinnacle Trail winds through the forest in the Chisos Mountains.


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News Release Date: February 19, 2023

Contact: Tom VandenBerg, 432-477-1107

Contact: Cathryn Hoyt, 432-477-1110

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS – On Saturday, February 18 at approximately 1:15 PM, Big Bend National Park’s Communications Center received a call requesting emergency assistance on the Pinnacles Trail. A 56-year-old male was experiencing chest pains. Friends hiking with the visitor immediately began CPR and continued with the help of bystanders and park volunteers until rangers arrived on scene with an AED. Unfortunately, all attempts to revive the patient were unsuccessful.

The visitor was hiking with a scout troop. “Big Bend National Park staff and partners are saddened by this loss,” stated Acting Deputy Superintendent Rick Gupman. “Our entire park family extends condolences to the hiker’s family and friends.

Last updated: February 19, 2023

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