Body found on trail in Zion National Park

Zion National Park, undated, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The body of a 68-year-old man was found Tuesday afternoon on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene, and park rangers transported the body to the Zion National Park Emergency Operations parking lot at 4:35 p.m.

The man was part of a German tour group and had a medical condition, which caused him to collapse during the 17-mile hike to Angel’s Landing, according to park spokeswoman Eleanor Siebers. First responders arrived on scene but were unable to resuscitate him.

West Rim Trail is the lower part of the popular hike Angel’s Landing; the trail is approximately 13 miles to Telephone Canyon Trail and 14 miles to the Grotto.

Last month, park rangers discovered another body below Angel’s Landing that turned out to be missing hiker Pradeep Beryl Solomon, of Salt Lake City.

Also in April, two visitors to Grand Canyon National Park died in falls; in March, two died outside the park’s boundaries.

The identity of the individual has not be released at this time.

Ed. note: The updated version includes new information previously unknown at the time of publishing.

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