A female hiker was found dead on a trail in Zion National Park in Utah this week after her husband sought help in freezing temperatures, park officials said on Thursday.
The 31-year-old woman, who was not publicly identified, set off on a permitted 16-mile night hike along the park’s Narrows with her 33-year-old husband on Tuesday, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Hikers were slowed down by the cold weather, officials said.
On Wednesday morning, members of the Zion National Park search and rescue team found the woman near the Virgin River, the service said.
Other hikers had tried to attempt a resuscitation, the National Park Service said in the statement.
Her husband arrived at his destination, Riverside Walk, and was taken to the park emergency room for treatment, the service said. His condition wasn’t available.
More than 20 rescuers were hired to help the two, park officials said.
The couple’s journey, which began Tuesday, included a hike along the Narrows, a 20- to 30-foot-wide trail lined with thousand-foot-tall sandstone walls and centered by a river known to overflow, they said.
“The man reported that they became dangerously cold overnight and experienced symptoms that were compatible with hypothermia,” the National Park Service said in the statement.
The husband continued down the road to seek help at the popular Riverside Walk, officials said.
At this point, the couple was about 1.5 miles from this main aisle, which is paved and has facilities. It wasn’t clear whether the couple knew they were this close to the aisle. According to the National Weather Service, despite sunny days with highs in the mid-1960s, low temperatures in the park this week were almost 30 degrees — below freezing point.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah medical examiner and the Park Service investigated the death, park officials said.
At the end of August, several hikers on the Narrows were swept off their feet by flash floods. 29-year-old hiker Jetal Agnihotri was found dead in the Virgin River three days later.