Hiker found dead in Canyonlands National Park

Jul 20, 2022, 4:54 PM | Updated: 4:59 pm
FILE: White Rim Trail in canyonlands national park. (Ravell Call/ Deseret News)...
FILE: White Rim Trail in canyonlands national park. (Ravell Call/ Deseret News)
(Ravell Call/ Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Canyonlands and Mesa Verde National Park Service (NPS) staff, and San Juan County personnel report that they found a missing hiker on Tuesday morning.

Initially, they received a report of a missing man who attempted a hike from Elephant Hill in the Needless District on Jul 17, 2022. According to the National Park Service website, members of a joint search found the man’s body near the trailhead around 10:00 a.m. on July 19, 2022.

The man’s body was taken to the San Juan County Medical Examiner’s Office. The National Park Service says an investigation into the incident is being conducted by San Juan County.

No further information is available.

Hiking safety in Canyonlands National Park

The NPS website offers information on how to hike safely, especially during the summer heat. For example, in order to keep your body temperature down, you should wear light-colored clothing. Also, the website says wearing a brimmed hat and loose-fitting clothing can help.

Furthermore, hikers should drink and eat plenty of food and water while hiking. NPS suggests that hikers drink at least one gallon of water daily. Also, hikers should be mindful that water filling stations are scarce throughout the park. 

Wildlife can also pose a threat to hikers in the park. According to the NPS webpage, you should not approach wildlife. For more information on venomous animals in Canyonlands National Park, visit their website


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