Search and Rescue Blog

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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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Yelling for Help from the Top of Mystery Canyon

August 07, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

Rangers hiked in with a line gun and gear needed to get a rope to the top of the last rappel of Mystery Canyon and attempted to make contact.


July 25th Jumping in the Subway

July 25, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

The RP stated that the subject had jumped from a rock just below the last rappel in the Subway and had injured his ankle. A SAR team of 4 with a radio relay was assembled to hike to the subject to get a scene size up. The team was prepared to spend the night and had overnight equipment for the subject.


Sick in the Subway with Unexpected Overnight

July 23, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

A visitor called reporting that there was a group of 7 in the Left Fork of North Creek that had a group member who was very sick and they weren't going to be able to make it out. At about 11:00pm Zion dispatch received another report of the party needing help. At 6:00am on July 23rd  a Ranger went to the trailhead to confirm that the party's vehicles were still there.


Dropped 911 Call from the Subway

June 18, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

On June 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm Zion Dispatch received a dropped 911 call regarding an ankle injury in the Left Fork (The Subway). The Reporting Party (RP) stated that there were 8 people in the group, one of which was a doctor, and they did not believe they would be able to hike out on their own.


Canyoneer Sick in Pine Creek

July 11, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

A reporting party had come into contact with a group of four canyoneers while descending the Pine Creek drainage and one of them was requesting medical evacuation.


Leaking Dry Suit

May 21, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

On May 21, 2016 Zion dispatch received a report of an overdue party in Heaps Canyon. The reporting party (RP) stated that the group had started at 4:30 am at Lava Point and had not made it out yet.


Observation Point Canyon

April 29, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

The group had not confirmed that their friend was bringing an extra rope before the party lost cell phone coverage by descending further into the canyon.


Shorthaul out of the Subway

May 14, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

Zion Dispatch was notified of a male in the technical portion of the Subway Route had suffered a lower leg injury when navigating a water hazard.


Group Stranded near Parunuweap Canyon

April 09, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

Two hikers departed at 630am on August 25th for a day hike somewhere on the East side of Zion National Park. Friends became concerned when the two did not show up for work the following day.


Two SAR's in the Emerald Pools Area

April 09, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Tuesday July 28,2015 there were two calls for the Search and Rescue team in the Emerald Pools Area. One for heat exhaustion and one for a canyon fall.


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