UPDATE: All members of youth group rescued from Garfield County slot canyon

Jun 10, 2022, 10:43 AM | Updated: 5:03 pm

June 10, 2022: Image of Utah Dept. of Public Safety rescuers involved in the rescue of more than a ...

June 10, 2022: Image of Utah Dept. of Public Safety rescuers involved in the rescue of more than a dozen hikers from a Young Men's group stranded in a slot canyon. Image credit: Utah DPS

GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah — Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins reports that a rescue involving 17 members of a church youth group is complete and that everybody has been successfully removed from the Sandthrax slot canyon.  


On Friday afternoon the Utah Department of Public Safety provided video of the hoist operation that took place in order to rescue the youth group. 

On Friday morning the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reported they were in the middle of a rescue operation involving 17 people in Sandthrax Canyon, a remote slot canyon described as a “mean canyon” by Garfield County officials.


The group is a Young Men’s group, affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fifteen of the people are youth and two are leaders of the group. One of the leaders may have broken or sprained an ankle during the hike.

Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins said the group began hiking the area on Thursday morning. 


Officials said they were using a Department of Public Safety helicopter in the rescue, without which the rescue would take much longer.

Rope rescue personnel were also on the remote scene according to officials. The rescue began around 8 a.m. on Friday morning and officials expected everybody to be out of danger by noon on Friday.



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UPDATE: All members of youth group rescued from Garfield County slot canyon