Father killed in shielding daughter from deadly rockslide
"I started digging her out until I had more help come and we got her all the way out," he said.
The rock slide was too unstable for crews to retrieve the bodies Monday, so they waited till Tuesday, authorities said.
The U.S. Forest Service maintains the busy trail near St. Elmo ghost town. Spezze said officials have asked the Forest Service to close it permanently.
The trail is one of the first hikes recommended to people new to the area and is popular with tourists, said Margaret Dean, a regular hiker who has walked the trail with her 7-year-old grandson.
Dean, a copy assistant at The Mountain Mail newspaper in Salida, said the trail provides a view of the falls and the Chalk Creek Valley in the towering Collegiate Peaks.
Associated Press writers Dan Elliott and Colleen Slevin contributed from Denver.