Woman dies while hiking in Zion National Park with her husband: rangers

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A hiker died on an overnight trip to Zion National Park while her husband was seeking help, park officials say.

A hiker died on an overnight trip to Zion National Park while her husband was seeking help, park officials say.

The couple began their authorized 16-mile hike through The Narrows, one of Utah’s most popular park hikes, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, according to a Nov. 24 news release from the National Park Service.

The husband and wife stopped about “about a mile and a half from the north end of the Riverside Walk (a paved path that leads from the Sinawava Temple to the Narrows),” according to NPS.

“The man reported that he became dangerously cold overnight and exhibited symptoms consistent with hypothermia,” according to the NPS.

Temperatures in the park were below zero overnight during their hike, according to the National Weather Service.

The 33-year-old left for help the next morning while his wife remained behind, NPS said. Rangers found the man on Riverside Walk as other park visitors helped him ‘on the trail’.

The man was taken to the Zion Emergency Operations Center, the NPS said.

“Visitors further into the Narrows administered CPR to the woman before members of the Zion search and rescue team arrived,” the statement read.

Although first responders provided emergency aid to the 31-year-old woman, she was pronounced dead, according to NPS.

Officials from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office and the National Park Service are investigating the cause of the woman’s death, the statement said.

The Narrows, “the narrowest section of Zion Canyon,” requires hikers to cross the Virgin River, according to NPS.

“You have to get your feet wet because there is no trail,” NPS said. “Most people choose to start their hike from the Sinawava Temple via the riverside boardwalk, then hike upstream before turning around and descending back to the Sinawava Temple.”

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