64-year-old hiker dies after collapsing at Big Bend National Park

A 64-year-old woman hiker has died at Big Bend National Park after collapsing on Monday, March 6, according to a news release from the National Park Service. Officials said the hiker collapsed along the Hot Springs Canyon Trail.

The National Park Service said the communications center received a call about the emergency around 2:45 p.m. on Monday. The caller said the hiker collapsed and was unresponsive. A team responded and reached the woman by 3:30 p.m. 

Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol called in a helicopter to transport the patient. However, all attempts to revive the hiker were unsuccessful. 

The Hot Springs Canyon Trail stretches three miles through rugged desert and rocky cliffs above the Rio Grande. No shade or water makes the trail dangerous to attempt in the heat of the afternoon, officials said.

“Big Bend National Park staff and our partners are saddened by this loss,” Acting Deputy Superintendent Rick Gupman said. “While we can’t conclude that weather was a factor in this incident, March reminds us that the beauty of Spring often brings dangerously hot temperatures to Big Bend. Our entire Big Bend family extends our deep condolences to the hiker’s family and friends.”

Big Bend National Park is more than 1,250 square miles, or about the size of Rhode Island. The park includes the Chisos Mountains, the southernmost range in the continental U.S., and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert.

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