Henderson man who fell to his death at Zion National Park identified

A 24-year-old Henderson resident who fell to his death while climbing at Zion National Park has been identified.

He is Brian Artmann, according to a Tuesday news release from Zion National Park.

Artmann and three other climbers were attempting to complete Heaps Canyon when he fell nearly 100 feet into a side canyon about 7 p.m. Saturday, the release said. Artmann was not connected to a rope.

Due to the remoteness of the area, those who were with Artmann were not able to get help until about 11:30 p.m., when they were fully out of the canyon. One person stayed with Artmann while the other two sought help.

A rescue team reached Artmann Sunday morning by rappelling down the canyon where they found him dead.

A helicopter crew from Grand Canyon and a search and rescue team of 16 rangers and technical rescuers helped in the recovery.

Heaps Canyon is known to be a "strenuous, challenging, technical canyon with an approximate 3,000 foot descent,"€ the release said. It contains a number of rappel routes into cold water, ending with a 280-foot descent to the Upper Emerald Pool area that can take 12 to 20 hours to complete.

Contact Cassandra Taloma at or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @CassandraTaloma


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