Utah Man Dies at Zion National Park After Falling Off Rock Formation

by Josh Lanier

A second man fell to his death in as many months at Zion National Park in Utah after slipping from a rock formation.

People reported Jason Hartwell of Draper, Utah, slipped and fell from the nearly 1,500 foot-tall rock formation. The National Park Services says that the trail is steep and narrow in that section. Hartwell was 43 years old.

“On Thursday afternoon, a search and rescue was initiated based upon reports from park visitors that someone had fallen off Angels Landing,” a National Park Service press release said. “On Friday morning, members of the search team located Mr. Hartwell’s body at the base of the summit of Angels Landing.” 

A 42-year-old named Corbin McMillen died last month after falling near Angels Landing, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The body of a woman from Maine was also discovered at the base of the landing in 2019 after she went missing on a nearby trail. At the time of her death, CNN reported that there had been nine previous fatalities on Angels Landing since 2004. 

Angels Landing in Zion National Park has a long history of serious injuries and fatalities. Only serious climbers and hikers should attempt to traverse that area.

Hiker Falls 100 feet To His Death at Arizona Canyon

In October, Jordan Brashears, a 29-year-old hiker from Washington, fell over 100 feet to his death at a canyon in Arizona.

Investigators believed he slipped off the side of a canyon and fell on October 8, the Daily Mail reported.

Officials recovered Brashears’ body from the bottom of Boynton Canyon the next day after his friends lost sight of him during a hike. After hours of searching, diminishing light forced rescuers to push more searches until the next day. The following morning, officials found Brashears’ shoes and cellphone. A helicopter spotted his body nearby.

Brashears, along with two other friends, were planning to explore the canyon’s ancient ruins, the paper said.

According to his social media accounts, the man was a skilled hiker. He had recently uploaded a picture the day he died at Cathedral Rock in Sedona.

Several friends made Facebook group’s in Brashears’s memory. Several friends and family left condolences to for young man.

“Always ethereal, mystical, and otherworldly,” one person wrote. “Your grateful heart, a generous miracle magnet. You never belonged to just this dimension….you were the person that showed me that choosing to manifest good for yourself is a type of meditation, a deeply spiritual practice. I wish so much losing you wasn’t our reality right now”