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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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Back Injury in Kolob Canyons

September 18, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

The injury was reported to be a back injury and the subject was not able to move. . Kolob Arch is 7.5 miles from the Lee Pass trailhead and a carry out from that location is very long, strenuous and difficult. Due to the late hour of the report a carryout that day would not have happened.


Out of Water on the East Rim Trail

July 30, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

The group reported that they were out of water and afraid that they would not be able to make it back to the trailhead. The group was calling from Stave Spring (which was dry at the time).


Lost Climber on Johnson Mountain

July 22, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

The reporting party (RP) had not been climbing, but had received multiple texts messages from the subject saying he was in need of help. Rangers were able to meet with the RP and make contact with the subject via text message, but communication was difficult due to poor service in the area.


Climbers Lost on Mount Kinesava

July 22, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

A group of three hikers who were lost on Mount Kinesava. They had run out of water and needed assistance finding the trail off the mountain.


Distressed hiker near Gifford Canyon

April 21, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Wednesday November 18, 2015 Rangers received a report of a hiker in distress in the area of Gifford Canyon.


Last updated: June 30, 2019

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