Missteps in the Parks

Septuagenarian Kayaker Overshoots Takeout on Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Spends Night On A Sandbar in the River

Wyoming's Snake River carves both lazy oxbows and braided channels with swift currents through Grand Teton National Park. It's a great float, but as a 71-year-old Indiana woman discovered the hard way, you have to make sure you hit your takeout point before the current pushes you downstream. She didn't and ended up spending a cool night on a sandbar in the river.

Rangers Looking for Missing Paddler at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park rangers were searching Tuesday for a paddler who apparently failed to make it to shore after the canoe he was in overturned on Swiftcurrent Lake.

Upon Further Review: Assumption Junction

Sign in Canyonlands National Park.
Lots of folks get into trouble in the Great Outdoors by making assumptions, a term closely related to "speculate," "bogus," and "imagine." As the following story illustrates, when you’re faced with a choice that could determine whether your day turns out to be fun or frantic, none of those is a great basis for a decision.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers Resort to Short-Haul Method to Rescue Injured Climber

A climbing accident on one of Grand Teton National Park's less-heralded peaks forced rangers to use a helicopter "short-haul" to remove the injured climber from the mountain.

Oklahoma Woman Rescued From Middle of Stream in Rocky Mountain National Park

Streamside photos in the Rocky Mountains definitely are photogenic, but the footing can be tricky, as an Oklahoma woman learned Monday after falling into a snowmelt-filled stream in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Two Children Have a Very Close Call at Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake. Photo by Kimberly Finch/National Park Service.
A family boating trip on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park nearly had a tragic ending earlier this week. Prompt emergency care saved the day, and the situation can serve as a reminder for others as the peak summer boating season begins.

Upon Further Review: If It Smells Like Gasoline...

Boat fire at Glen Canyon.
On June 25, 2009, a boater at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was preparing to head out for a day on the lake. What happened next proves that knowledge is a wonderful thing... if you decide to apply it.

Apparent Fall Attributed For Death of Concession Worker at Yosemite National Park

There's been another death in Yosemite National Park. Rangers say a 23-year-old concession company employee from Florida apparently fell to his death from a cliff above Mirror Lake in the Yosemite Valley.

Roped-Together Climbers Die in Fall On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two acclaimed climbers who were roped together while climbing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park have fallen several thousand feet to their deaths.

Cyclist in Yosemite National Park Dies in Collision With Auto

A cyclist in Yosemite National Park died recently when he collided with an automobile on Southside Drive.

Search For Missing Climber at Denali National Park Leads to Remains Of Two Other Lost Climbers

While one chapter of the climbing history of Mount McKinley remains unfinished, another has been closed with the discovery of two partially buried bodies high on the unforgiving mountain.

Falling Into the Grand Canyon Isn't Always Fatal

A 38-year-old woman who fell 50 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park survived the ordeal without life-threatening injuries and was lifted back to the rim by rangers.

SUV Goes Over The Rim Near Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

"Parking brake installed, not in use." That might have been the situation involving an SUV that fell 700 feet into Big Horn Canyon near the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Drowning Victim Finally Recovered From Lake Powell At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The body of a Florida man who went missing in Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area late in April has been recovered more than 400 feet beneath the lake's surface.

Body Recovered in Grand Canyon National Park; Thought to Be That Of Missing Hiker

Rangers in Grand Canyon National Park have recovered a body in the Hermit Basin area of the park and believe it's that of a hiker who went missing over the Memorial Day weekend.

No Sign Of Missing Hiker In Grand Canyon National Park, Search Being Scaled Back

A lack of clues in the search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has prompted a decision to begin scaling back the effort.

Rangers Narrow Search Area in Grand Canyon National Park For Missing Hiker

The search for a missing hiker in Grand Canyon National Park has been narrowed down to an area in Hermit Basin, which is located west of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker At Grand Canyon National Park

A search is under way in Grand Canyon National Park for a 69-year-old man who is overdue from a hike in the canyon.

Fall At Haleakala National Park Kills Man And The Horse He Was Riding

An investigation is under way into the deaths of a man and horse that fell off a cliff inside the crater at Haleakala National Park.

Mud Snares 19-Year-Old At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Caution: Lakes that have been emptied for repair work can harbor deep pits of mud. A 19-year-old discovered that the hard way when she became mired up to her waist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Search Suspended for Missing Climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Mount McKinley seems to have claimed its second victim of the climbing season. Rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve have suspended their active search for a Coloradan missing since he launched a solo bid for the summit last Tuesday.

Body of Penn State Student Recovered from Stream in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The body of a 20-year-old student from Penn State has been recovered from a deep pool in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Aerial Search Continuing for Missing Coloradan On Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

Favorable flying conditions allowed searchers to spend more than 10 hours in the air Saturday looking for a Coloradan missing on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve, but there's still no sign of him.

Still No Sign of Missing Climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

A second day of searching has failed to turn up any sign of a missing climber on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, and rangers plan to continue the search through the weekend.

Search Under Way for Overdue Climber in Denali National Park and Preserve

Rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve are looking for a Colorado man who was making a solo bid to reach the summit of Mount McKinley.

Young Woman Missing After Falling into Merced River in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park rangers are searching for a young woman who fell into the Merced River below the Vernal Fall footbridge.

Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

A missed portage around Angel Falls Rapid in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has led to the death of a 61-year-old paddler.

Rafting Accidents Drowns 37-Year-old In Cataract Canyon at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 37-year-old man drowned in a section of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area when he was thrown from his raft.

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Recover Bodies of Two Young Drowning Victims

The bodies of two young men who disappeared after jumping into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch in the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park have been recovered.

Upon Further Review - Wacky Question of the Week

Ranger talking to visitors.
Another summer is almost here, and with it, the opportunity for those who work in parks to field some excellent questions from visitors. Along the way, those rangers and volunteers will also undoubtedly encounter a few new candidates for the wacky question of the week.
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