Two people dead, another injured after fall near Delicate Arch

A 65-year-old man and 60-year-old woman died Friday morning while hiking in a popular area of Arches National Park in Utah.

Another man in his 30s was also found with injuries and flown to a local hospital. The three people fell into the lower bowl area below Delicate Arch. All three individuals are believed to be from California and may be related. None of their names were released. It’s not yet known what caused all three people to fall. The trail was wet and slick at the time of the incident. The Grand County Sheriff's Office is investigating. The Delicate Arch is one of the most famous geologic features in the world, formed of Entrada Sandstone. It’s a freestanding natural arch 52-foot-tall (16 m). Many other names have been applied to this arch including "Bloomers Arch", "Marys Bloomers", "Old Maids Bloomers", "Pants Crotch", "Salt Wash Arch", and "School Marms Pants".


In the 1950s, the NPS investigated the possibility of applying a clear plastic coating to the arch to protect it from further erosion and eventual destruction. The idea was ultimately abandoned. In May 2006, climber Dean Potter made the first recorded free solo, no ropes or protection, ascent of this formation.