Story at a glance

  • One person died and two others were rescued while canyoneering at Zion National Park in Utah on Sunday.
  • The group had begun their canyoneering trip early Saturday morning before having difficulty navigating the perch and became stuck.
  • The National Park Service is investigating the one canyoneer’s cause of death.

One person died and two others were rescued while canyoneering at Zion National Park in Utah on Sunday.

This weekend, the Zion National Park Technical Search and Rescue Team responded to an emergency call at the exit of Heaps Canyon,” the National Park Service wrote in a news release. “Rescuers found two canyoneers stranded on a rock perch about 280 feet above Upper Emerald Pools. They also found one canyoneer suspended from a rope about 260 feet above the pool (20 feet below the perch).”


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The canyoneer found below the perch, identified as 31-year-old Andrew Arvig of Chesapeake, Va., was lowered down and later pronounced dead by a doctor.

The group had begun their canyoneering trip early Saturday morning before having difficulty navigating the perch. The group repeatedly attempted to call emergency services but struggled due to a lack of cell reception until early Sunday morning.

The National Park Service is investigating Arvig’s cause of death.

“All of us at Zion National Park extend our sympathy to the Arvig family for their tragic loss,” said Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.


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Published on Nov 30, 2021