Woman on hike in Utah’s Zion Park dies, husband hospitalized

The National Park Service says the couple were on a permitted 16-mile hike through the Narrows on Tuesday and Wednesday.

SPRINGDALE, Utah — A woman died and a man was rescued and treated for hypothermia after encountering extremely cold weather while hiking in Utah’s Zion National Park, officials said.

The couple were on a permitted 25-kilometer hike through the park area known as the Narrows, the National Park Service said in a statement Thursday.

The woman, 31, and man, 33, were not identified by valet.

The Zion National Park search and rescue team responded Wednesday morning after shuttle drivers said visitors reported an injured man and an unresponsive woman in the Narrows, the park service said.

The rescue team found the man on a trail that other hikers were helping and took him to the Zion Emergency Operations Center for treatment. Rescuers continued up the Narrows and found the woman near the Virgin River. They provided emergency assistance but found the woman had died, the park service said.

The pair began their journey through the Narrows on Tuesday. They stopped about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the north end of Riverside Walk, a paved path. The man told rescuers they became “dangerously cold” overnight and were experiencing symptoms consistent with hypothermia, the park service said.

The man sought help early Wednesday morning, but the woman stayed put. Other visitors administered CPR to the woman before the rescue team arrived, the park service said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and the Parks Service are investigating the cause of the woman’s death.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/nation-world/woman-dies-on-hike-in-utahs-zion-park/507-c78ad486-359b-4e5b-8646-37d4d1d6515f Woman on hike in Utah’s Zion Park dies, husband hospitalized

Laura Coffey

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