Canyoneer Dies in Zion National Park

Fell 100 feet in Heaps Canyon

Jul 13, 2015
Outside Magazine
Canyoneer Dies in Zion National Park

The man and his friends were on a challenging descent in Zion National Park.    Wikimedia Commons

A 24-year-old Las Vegas man died Saturday while rappelling in Utah’s Zion National Park, according to National Parks Traveler. He was in Heaps Canyon when he fell 100 feet into a side canyon.

He fell around 7 p.m. on Saturday; his three companions made their way down to him. One stayed with him while the other two went to get help. They alerted park officials approximately four hours later, according to Fox 5.

Rescuers used a helicopter brought up from the Grand Canyon early Sunday, and two Zion search and rescue members rappelled down, but the man had died. Zion officials told Fox 5 that the course the man and his friends were on consists of a challenging 3,000-foot descent that can take anywhere from 12 to 20 hours to finish.