Zion National Park rangers recovered the body of a 26-year-old woman inside Mystery Canyon on Sunday night who apparently fell while canyoning.
The woman was alive when search and rescue teams found her, but she died soon after, park officials said. His name was not immediately disclosed.
The woman had injuries consistent with a fall from a high altitude, and witnesses who reported it said she fell from 50 to 80 feet, according to a press release from park officials. Canyoning is a practice or sport of following a body of water through a canyon by walking, swimming, rafting, climbing, abseiling or other similar means.
A helicopter was dispatched to try to help rescue the woman, but was unable to access the scene due to the narrow canyon walls.
Park officials began searching for the woman on Saturday and several surrounding areas were closed during the operation, including The Narrows, Mystery and Orderville Canyons, the Temple of Sinanwava shuttle stop and Riverside Walk.
Zion, located approximately 20 miles north of the Utah-Arizona border, is known for its narrow canyons and towering sandstone cliffs.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was tasked with investigating the incident.
Contribution: Associated Press