(Las Vegas, NV) — A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, starting Friday, August 1st. Park officials say there are too many incidents happening, and it’s not safe for the public.
The National Park Service’s Christie Vanover says public safety incidents in the canyons have doubled from 2013 to 2014. She says it’s just too hot outside to hike.
The Hot Springs will stay open but Vanover says it’s best to get there by river, kayak or boat, then take a short hike to the springs.
In 2013, there were 17 incidents, which resulted in one fatality, 31 patients and five medical transports. In the first seven months of 2014, there have been 37 incidents, resulting in three fatalities, 35 patients and 13 medical transports.
July 27th, rangers were called out to Goldstrike Canyon and hiked a mile down to carry-out an adult who was suffering from severe cramps. July 29th, rangers were called out to rescue two adults on Goldstrike Canyon who were dehydrated. Along the way, they encountered seven other hikers who were out of water. July 30th, two adults and three juveniles hiked to the Arizona Hot Spring without enough water to make the hike back up. Another visitor transported them by boat to safety.