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Recent Accidents & Incidents in Zion

Every day, the National Park Service issues a Morning Report, a daily report of accidents, incidents, operational notes, upcoming trainings, and hiring opportunities across the National Park system. The Morning Report not only provides a more objective, concise report of accidents/incidents (though perhaps less detailed) than we often find in the news, but it can provide great opportunities to learn from others mistakes and remember the degree of risk we must manage in the outdoors. Below are a couple of articles detailing recent serious accidents in Zion’s backcountry. Our continued thanks goes to Zion’s Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel for their efforts they take to prepare and respond to those who need help when their adventures go awry. Zion National Park (UT) Boy Scout Dies During Backpacking Trip On July 21st, twelve members of a Las Vegas-based Boy Scout troop were completing the second day of a planned four day backpacking trip in the park.  Corey Buxton, 17, was having difficulty and lagged behind as the group hiked south along the Hop Valley Trail.  Around noon, a leader who was hiking a short distance in front of Buxton turned around and did not see him. He hiked five minutes back … Continue reading

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