Hiker Dies in Big Bend National Park

On the afternoon of June 18th, a 46-year-old woman was found deceased within Big Bend National Park.

Mid-morning on the 18th, the couple started hiking the Dog Canyon Trail. Nearing noon, both individuals started exhibiting signs of heat distress and dehydration. The woman’s hiking partner was able to hike back to the trailhead and notify the park of the situation around 2:30 pm. An interagency response included Park Rangers and Border Patrol Agents. The remains were located around 4:20 pm. While heat stress is a likely factor, a cause of death is yet to be determined.
[NPS Story]

The woman, whose identity has not been released, is the first person to die in the park this year. Last year, four people died in Big Bend: one fell of a cliff, another had an allergic reaction, and two more had heart attacks, Jurado said.
[Local News Story]

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2 thoughts on “Hiker Dies in Big Bend National Park”

  1. We did a three-day backpacking trip in Big Bend, in 2004. That was in March, so I’m sure the weather was much more agreeable than in the summer. It was an exhilarating challenge, but did require carrying a lot of water. I’d do it again in a heartbeat though.

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