Utah man critically injured in bike crash at Canyonlands National Park

May 1, 2018, 10:50 AM | Updated: 10:52 am
Gretchen Malan has been staying at her husband, Nate's, side, after his bike accident. (Courtesy: Cameron Quayle)
(Courtesy: Cameron Quayle)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — A North Ogden man’s family is gathered around him and crediting miracles for saving his life after a bike accident at Canyonlands National Park that left him with severe injuries.

This map, shared on Facebook, shows the area where Nate Malan fell. Family members say he has a vision problem that means his eyes don’t adjust quickly from light to dark conditions. In this case, they believe the shadow created by the cliff disrupted Malan’s vision, leading to his fall. (Courtesy: Cameron Quayle)

Nate Malan is in the ICU in Grand Junction, being treated for 15 broken ribs, a broken pelvis and skull, and many other injuries. His family says he had just left the visitors’ center on the White Rim Trail at Canyonlands, outside of Moab, when Malan failed to negotiate a turn and tumbled 35 feet to the dirt road below.

“We heard his brother yell, I need help! His voice boomed down the canyon. The majority of our group heard his voice and realized something was wrong,” Malan’s brother-in-law, Cameron Quayle, said.

On the upper cliff, friends are showing a park ranger where Nate Malan was riding when he fell. Below, you can see rescue workers in the area where he landed. (Courtesy: Cameron Quayle)

Quayle says that’s when the first of the miracles helped save Malan’s life.

“One of our group got a cell phone signal not too far up the road, which almost never happens, and she called 911,” Malan’s brother-in-law, Cameron Quayle, said. “Dispatch told us that they had already dispatched an ambulance to the visitors center, and someone had refused care. Typically the drive from Moab is an hour away. But this one was just a few minutes away… in an area that is considered remote, we had people all there within 45 minutes. We think that is an absolute miracle.”

Malan’s wife and six children are now looking at staying in Colorado for an extended period of time as Malan recovers. Quayle says Malan faces months of recovery.

According to Quayle, Malan was on the first day of a four-day trip when the accident happened. They had ridden their bikes only about three miles from the visitors’ center at Island in the Sky, one of Canyonlands’ four main districts and the starting point for many hoping to access White Rim Road, a 100-mile loop around and below the mesa.

Friends and family members have set up a GoFundMe account to help Malan’s family stay near him as well as help cover his mounting medical costs. They are also tracking his progress on Facebook.

*Disclaimer: has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does assure that the monies deposited will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit or donation you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.


Today’s Top Stories


Heber Utah temple...
Mark Jones

Church announces groundbreaking date for Heber Valley Utah Temple

Sites for the Heber Valley and Teton River Temples were announced Monday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
8 days ago
church donation...
Simone Seikaly

Church gives $32 million to World Food Programme

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called the donation the largest one-time contribution to a humanitarian organization that it has ever made.
13 days ago
San Juan Puerto Rico Temple...
Mark Jones

Church announces updates on temples in Puerto Rico and Sweden

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday the update of temples in Puerto Rico and Sweden.
15 days ago
President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrated his 98t...
Mark Jones

President Russell M. Nelson celebrates 98th birthday

President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, celebrated his 98th birthday on Friday. He is the oldest president in church history,
18 days ago
Carmelite Fair...
Aubri Wuthrich

Carmelite Fair returns to Holladay after two year absence

At the Holladay location, since 1952, the nuns have dedicated their lives to praying for the world. The annual fair is their main source of income.
26 days ago
clergy sex abuse church membership poll religion...
Curt Gresseth

Lawmaker’s bill would require clergy to pass background check

A Utah lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill in the 2023 Legislature that would require clergy members to pass a background check.
27 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Utah man critically injured in bike crash at Canyonlands National Park