Park rangers at Zion National Park rescued two hikers Tuesday who were overdue while canyoneering the difficult Heaps Canyon trail.
The 41-year-old man and 26-year-old woman began the 11-mile hike on Saturday at about 9 a.m., telling a ranger who gave them their wilderness permit that they planned on finishing the route later that day.
Rangers spotted the pair's vehicle still parked at the trailhead on Monday morning, so they initiated a search with the help of a helicopter from Grand Canyon. The two were spotted in the lower reaches of Heaps Canyon on Monday afternoon, having gone two-thirds of the way through. The helicopter crew was able to get a radio to the pair, who reported they were not able to finish the trail without help.