She got separated from her family, police say

Talia Avakian
February 07, 2018

A thirteen-year-old girl has died after falling from the Angel's Landing Trail at Zion National Park in Utah – the latest death on the popular hiking path.

The girl's body was discovered in Refrigerator Canyon, which is located along the West Rim Trail, shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, park officials said in a statement.

The hiker will likely not be publicly identified because she is a juvenile, Washington County Sheriff's Office Lt. David Crouse told Travel+Leisure

According to Crouse, the girl was hiking with her family Monday. At one point she became separated from the group and fell to her death. Several witnesses saw the girl during the hike, but none saw her fall. 

The hike is one of the park’s most famous.

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It takes hikers across more then 20 switchbacks that are built into the rift of the canyon walls to make for a thrilling experience that’s known to be dangerous. Chains are installed along the trail 

The trail was closed Tuesday morning as officials continued to investigate the area and opened again later in the day.

According to the National Park Service's website, the hiking trail has lead to the deaths of seven people. Local media reports say the death toll is actually higher – at least 15. 

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