Fall at St. George park reminds hikers to be cautious

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jan 19, 2015

ST. GEORGE, Utah – A falling accident over the weekend at one popular climbing spot in St. George has some being extra careful.

Police say a 14-year-old girl fell while climbing on the boulders near Dixie Rock Saturday night. The girl was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It’s not the first time someone has fallen or gotten stuck on the steep cliffs in that area.

Hikers say it’s a reminder of the need to always be careful at the open climbing area.

“We try to stay together and keep the running down,” said hiker Angelique Archuleta “You don’t know what’s ahead of you or next to you.”

Archuleta and her family are visiting St. George from Lehi and are one of dozens of families who hiked in Pioneer Park on Monday. The crowds heightened the feeling of safety in the park.

“It’s pretty scary,” said hiker Stefanie Tuckett. “It doesn’t look high here, but up there it’s very high.”

St George City officials have posted rules and regulations for the park, emphasizing the need to stay together while hiking, avoid dangerous areas, and not climbing on the rocks after dark.