Body of man found dead in Zion National Park is identified

The man was found near the Angels Landing hiking route on Friday.

National Park Service officials announced Monday that a dead man that rangers found in Zion National Park on Friday has been identified.

The body of Corbin McMillen, of St. George, was found at the base of Moonlight Buttress, which is on the West Rim Trail near Angels Landing. Officials said McMillen, 42, had told his mom Thursday he was going to hike the Angels Landing Trail.

Rangers found McMillen’s unoccupied car parked at the Grotto trailhead on Thursday night, then began a search when they saw the car was still there Friday morning.

Officials said the preliminary investigation into McMillen’s death found that his injuries were consistent with a high-elevation fall, likely from the summit of Moonlight Buttress. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the McMillen family and friends,” said Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.

The Angels Landing hike has steep, high drop-offs. A 35-year-old man hiking there died after falling in April 2019. A 13-year-old girl died in February 2018, while a 45-year-old man died in March 2017.

— Tribune reporter Rebekah Wahlberg contributed to this story.