13-year-old dies in Zion National Park after fall

Angels Landing, West Rim trails to close for maintenance

SPRINGDALE, Utah – A search and rescue team recovered the body of a 13-year-old who died after a fall in Zion National Park Monday.

The girl, who lived in Southern Utah was not identified as per request of her family.

According to a press release made by the National Park Service, the body of the girl was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon along West Rim Trail.  Law enforcement was dispatched to secure the scene, and a search and rescue team was assembled to recover the body.

“The injuries sustained were consistent with a high elevation fall, possibly from the Angels Landing Trail,” the press release stated. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the incident Monday, and the cause of death had not yet been officially determined.

“This is an extremely sad event. Our thoughts go out to this visitor’s family,” said Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent Zion National Park.

The National Park Service announced that the Angels Landing Trail and the West Rim Trail from the Grotto Trailhead to Angels Landing will be closed 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday following the incident.