July 22, 2016
On July 22, 2016 at approximately 2:00pm park dispatch was notified of a group of three hikers who were lost on Mount Kinesava. The group advised park dispatch that they were descending on the eastern face of Mount Kinesava after completing the climbing route Cowboy Ridge. They had no injuries but had run out of water and needed assistance finding the trail off the mountain. The approximately temperature at this time was over 100 °F.
Zion Rangers were able to confirm the group's location by their cell phone GPS and then sent via text message topo maps with directions to hike east to State Route 9. The group was able to follow these maps and made it to State Route 9 safely at 5:12pm. The group requested no additional assistance after reaching the roadway.
Lessons learned: If you have a smartphone and service and you are lost, you have a lot of resources at your disposal. Calling 911 should be towards the end of the list.
Last updated: July 19, 2019