Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle

Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle

by Randi Minetor


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Morbid, but strangely fascinating accounts In 2015, a group of seven hikers were killed when a sudden flood struck Keyhole Canyon in Zion National Park. Prior to that, the steep, narrow route to Angels Landing led to at least five fatalities. Numerous people have found that high, exposed places in Zion-such as rim trails-are bad places to be in lightning storms. Death in Zion National Park collects some of the most gripping accounts in park history of the unfortunate events caused by natural forces or human folly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493028931
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 436,845
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Randi Minetor has written more than thirty books for Globe Pequot/Lyons Press, including Death in Glacier National Park, Historic Glacier National Park, Backyard Birding, Hiking Waterfalls New York (FalconGuides), Scenic Routes & Byways New York, and Day Trips Hudson River Valley, and Day Trips Hudson Valley. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface iv

Introduction: The Perils of the Vertical Vacation vi

Chapter 1 Trapped in an Instant: Flash Floods in the Narrows 1

Chapter 2 Rising Waters: Incidents in Other Canyons 24

Chapter 3 Crossing the Neck: Angels Landing 48

Chapter 4 The Edge of Forever: Falls from High Places 69

Chapter 5 Daring Fate: Climbing, Canyoneering, and BASE jumping Accidents 90

Chapter 6 Sudden Darkness: The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel 122

Chapter 7 Due Process: Deaths by Suspicious Circumstances 132

Chapter 8 On the Road: Vehicular Deaths 144

Chapter 9 Unclassified: Deaths by Unusual Causes 151

Epilogue: How to Stay Alive in Zion National Park 164

Appendix: List of Deaths 1908-2016 in Chronological Order 175

Bibliography 179

Index 199

About the Author 208

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