Search Underway For Missing Hikers After Flash Flood Near Goblin Valley
May 12, 2020, 5:30 AM | Updated: Jul 13, 2023, 1:57 pm
EMERY COUNTY, Utah — Crews are continuing a search for multiple hikers after a flash flood swept through slot canyons near Goblin Valley on Monday, killing at least one person.
Several people are unaccounted for, though officials couldn’t specify how many. However, there were 11 vehicles still parked at the trailhead following the isolated storm.
Multiple search and rescue teams were called out to the Little Wildhorse Canyon Monday afternoon, according to a press release from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office.
Teams from Emery County, Grand County, Sevier County, and Wayne County responded, as well as personnel from the Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Park, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Utah Highway Patrol.
Officials said three helicopters — two from Classic Air in Moab and one from the DPS Aero Bureau — were also dispatched.
Six ambulances from Emery, Wayne, and Sevier counties were stationed at the scene Monday.
Governor Gary Herbert said officials are monitoring the situation with the Utah Department of Public Safety.
We’re actively monitoring the situation in slot canyons near Goblin Valley State Park through @UtahDPS. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
— Gary R. Herbert (@GovHerbert) May 11, 2020