13-year-old dies in fall from Angels Landing Trail

ZION NATIONAL PARK (News4Utah) - A Utah teen is dead after falling from Zion National Park's popular Angels Landing trail. 

"She is from Southern Utah ... which makes it even that more difficult for us because she is local," said John Marciano, Zion National Park's Public Information Officer. 

The girl's death is still under investigation, and the trail remained closed Tuesday morning.

"When this happens we all sit down and take a look at what we have here and when we do investigate that the trail is fit and anything we can do to make it more safe we do," said Marciano.

Park officials say the teen was hiking the trail Monday with relatives and friends. They say no one saw the girl fall, but her body was recovered with the help of volunteers Monday evening in Refrigerator Canyon along the West Rim trail below. 

"Her body was discovered shortly after her fall because other visitors hiking the trail heard her fall," said Marciano.

The family has requested not to release the 13-year-old's name and officials say she had hiked Angels Landing before. There have been 8 deaths on Angels Landing since 2004. 

"Angels Landing - It's a 1500 foot drop off, I mean, on many different sides, its' one of our most elevated strenuous hikes in the park and certainly one of our most dangerous hikes," said Marciano. 

The investigation is still ongoing and for volunteers that had to help recover the body Zion National Park has counseling services available for them.


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