Idaho teen falls 30 feet at Bridal Veil Falls

Aug 23, 2021, 6:29 PM | Updated: Jul 14, 2023, 3:18 pm

PROVO, Utah — A group of hikers had to be rescued off Bridal Veil Falls over the weekend after one of them fell approximately 30 feet.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday.

“Getting to the base of the falls here is a relatively easy hike,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

But he said going behind that is what got a group of four young adults — who were not properly equipped to be hiking in the area — into some trouble.

Cannon said during their time outside, a 19-year-old man from Idaho fell.

“The drop where he fell and rolled 30 feet or so, was more of a tumbling fall, and then he dropped over about a four-foot vertical drop,” he said. “At that point, the friends, after they saw him go over that they didn’t know how far down that was; they couldn’t see him.”

With the help of a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter and just over a dozen search and rescue team members, the 19-year-old was taken off the mountain and transported in an ambulance to the hospital.

Rescuers said he sustained relatively minor injuries to his ankle and is lucky to be alive.

Cannon urged hikers and climbers to be better prepared.

“If you don’t have experience doing it, bring somebody with you that has that experience,” he said.

He suggested people get hiking boots — warning that one of the hikers rescued Sunday night was in sandals.

(Sgt. Spencer Cannon/Twitter) (Sgt. Spencer Cannon/Twitter) (Sgt. Spencer Cannon/Twitter)

Cannon also reminded people to pack extra layers as we head into fall.

“Nighttime can be fifty degrees colder than it is during the day, and you don’t want have to spend overnight when it’s 20 degrees outside,” he said.

Cannon said five other people have died in the area alone in the last five years, including a 40-year-old man from Roosevelt who fell and died while climbing with his fiancée’s 9-year-old son.

KSL 5 TV Live

Search & Rescues

Two BASE jumpers were rescued by 
 search and rescue personnel in separate incidents last week near...

Mark Jones

Two BASE jumpers injured last week in separate incidents near Moab

The Grand County Sheriff's Office says a 37-year-old BASE jumper was injured in a fall last week, and another jumper suffered ankle and wrist injuries in a separate incident. 

5 days ago


Michael Houck

Hiker airlifted to hospital after 20-foot-drop near Snowbasin

A woman was hospitalized after falling off a ledge near the top of Mount Ogden Saturday afternoon.

3 months ago

A photo of Mary Jane Canyon with water. ( Courtesy of former GCSAR member G. Sherrill)...

Michael Houck

Hiker and dog rescued from flash flood in Mary Jane Canyon

A woman and her dog were carried about 200 feet by a flash flood in Mary Jane Canyon on Thursday evening.

3 months ago

Fairyland Loop Trail on Friday as the rain started to pour on the trail. (Courtesy: Terri Bush)...

Brianna Chavez and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Garfield County officials urge hikers to be prepared after death in Bryce Canyon National Park

Local officials are asking hikers to come prepared after an Arizona woman went missing in Bryce Canyon and was found dead. 

3 months ago

(FILE) - Bryce Canyon National Park Sign...

Michael Houck

Arizona hiker found dead in Bryce Canyon National Park

An Arizona woman was found dead early Saturday morning after being reported missing Friday afternoon, authorities say.

3 months ago

Three Utahns that are in Hawaii, Wade Russell (left) Cait Clawson and Swayze (middile, and Roger Be...

Brianna Chavez

Members of Utah Task Force deployed to Maui to help with search, rescue efforts

Members of Utah Task Force 1 are in Maui as they are doing all they can to help families find their loved ones.

3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Idaho teen falls 30 feet at Bridal Veil Falls