According to Rocky Mountain National Park officials, a woman visiting the park from Illinois sustained fatal injuries after slipping into Adams Falls on the west side of the park yesterday (May 19) afternoon.

“Yesterday afternoon a 21-year-old female from Virginia, Illinois, died after falling into Adams Falls in RMNP.  Her body was recovered last evening,” said RMNP Public Information Officer, Kyle Patterson.

Adams Falls is located on the East Inlet Trail on the west side of the park, in Grand County.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County EMS, Grand County Search and Rescue, and Grand Lake Fire assisted the park in the search and recovery of the woman’s body which was transferred to the Grand County Coroner. Her name will be released after next of kin are notified.

“Park visitors are reminded to remain back from the banks of streams, rivers and waterfalls, especially during spring runoff,” Patterson said. “Rocks at streamside are often slippery.  Water is extremely cold and can be deceivingly deep and swift. Always provide proper supervision for children, who by nature, tend to be attracted to water.  Powerful currents can quickly pull a person underwater.”

The park and its public lands partners recently put out a press release reminding park visitors to do their due diligence and be well prepared before venturing out into the park.

Visitors to public lands strongly encouraged to #KnowBeforeYouGo this summer 

“Anticipate what you will need for your activity and know your limits. Local public land agencies continue to see sustained high numbers of rescues. Don’t take unnecessary risks,” the release states. “Wear appropriate clothing for cold, wet, or changing weather conditions and look at the weather forecast and trail information for your specific destination. Tell people where you’re going and when you plan to return. Make sure to bring food and water.”

The video below was taken at Adams Fall the same day the woman fell in and shows the rapidly moving waters powered by the spring runoff. It was taken by Julie Malia Daniels who is visiting from Georgia.

The second video shows Adams Falls on Tuesday, May 17, and was taken by Erin Foley Cronin.


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Tim Mosier
2022-05-20 18:26:47
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