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Moab man falls to death near Canyonlands


Details remain sparse after Alden Dennison, a backcountry guide with NAVTEC Expeditions in Moab, fell to his death Tuesday at the Gooseneck Overlook near White Rim Trail just outside of Canyonlands National Park in San Juan County.

Moab resident Alden Dennison lost his life when he fell at the Gooseneck Overview near Canyonlands National Park on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Greg Willis/Wikimedia Commons

Grand County EMS Director Andy Smith said first responders were not able to get to Dennison due to terrain. The 911 dispatch that went out at 11:11 a.m. indicated the man fell roughly 200 feet.

“We couldn’t get to him,” said Smith. “Classic Air was able to land and confirm he was deceased. At that point, the San Juan County Sheriff took over.”

Phone calls seeking information from the San Juan County Sheriff were not immediately returned.

Brian Martinez of NAVTEC provided a statement: “On May 4, NAVTEC Expeditions suffered a terrible loss. Our backcountry guide, Alden Dennison, a Moab local, passed away after a fall on the White Rim in Canyonlands while on a hike with guests,” wrote Martinez.

“He was a hard worker who was passionate about sharing his beloved desert with travelers,” he continued. “His positivity and good humor will be missed. Please keep Alden Dennison’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.”