The 5 Deadliest National Parks

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The 5 Deadliest National Parks

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Photo Credit: Mountain walrus via Wikimedia Commons

Zion National Park | Photo Credit: Mountain walrus via Wikimedia Commons | Cover Photo: Samuel Kerr

When we think of death in our country’s national parks, we usually conjure up images and headlines of bear attacks in Yellowstone, Glacier, or Grand Teton National Parks. However, what you’ll be surprised to hear is that the deadliest park is none of the above and bear attacks are actually one of the least likely ways to die in a National Park.

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Instead, drowning is the most common form of death in our NPS by a wide margin reports the Washington Post. The second most– car accidents.

Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan, PD Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Grand Teton National Park | Photo Credit: Jon Sullivan, PD Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Does that mean we think it’s okay to go for a hike in the northern rockies without bear spray– certainly not.

Note: The following statistics are drawn from 2014 and include the number of deaths for that year.

The 5 Deadliest National Parks

5) Zion/ Yellowstone- 4

4) RMNP/ Grand Teton- 6

3) Mount Rainier- 10

2) Lake Mead- 12

1) Grand Canyon- 13

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Grand Canyon National Park | Photo Credit: Tuxyso / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Find the entire Washinton Post article here: Here’s what really kills people at national parks

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