A woman believed to be hiking in Zion National Park has fallen about 1,000 feet to her death from Scout Lookout.
The death is the third reported in the park this week. On Sunday the bodies of two young men thought to be trying to raft through the Zion Narrows on a log-built raft were recovered from the Virgin River.
The latest fatality was reported Tuesday afternoon by other hikers near Scout Lookout, which is a viewpoint about 1,000 feet above the floor of Zion Canyon and on the way to Angels Landing.
According to a release from the park, information from other hikers helped to determine the location where the fall occurred and the area to be searched below Scout Lookout. A body was sighted on a ledge approximately 1,000 feet below Scout Lookout. To reach the location, rangers had to cross the Virgin River, flowing over 400 cubic feet per second at the time, ascend a steep slope and then use technical climbing skills to access the ledge.
With darkness approaching, it was decided to postpone the recovery effort until Wednesday morning for the safety of the recovery team. On Wednesday morning, the recovery team successfully brought the body down to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
The woman, hiking alone and believed to be in her 60s, remains unidentified. Park Rangers are searching for unattended vehicles and checking with lodging facilities in the park and in Springdale.