A 31-year-old woman on an overnight hike in the Narrows of Zion National Park died Wednesday after her husband left her to get help as temperatures dropped.
Shuttle drivers reported Wednesday morning that visitors had encountered an injured man and an unresponsive woman in the Narrows section of the Utah park.
The Zion National Park Search and Rescue he answered and found the man on the paved path of Riverside Walk.
It was then transported to the Zion Emergency Operations Center.
Further up the Narrows, others found the woman near the Virgin River.
The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon, which the Park Service describes as a gorge with walls a thousand feet high.
As first responders administered emergency aid, they determined she was dead.
According to the Park Service, the 33-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — a married couple — had begun their authorized 16-mile journey through the Narrows from top to bottom on Tuesday.
The man reported that they became dangerously cold during the night and experimented symptoms compatible with hypothermia.
temperatures in the area it reached below 20 degrees Fahrenheit late Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service of Kanab.