A Louisiana man was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead on Monday afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park.
The 51-year-old from Carencro was discovered a little over a mile from the Mount Ida Trailhead by visitors hiking in the area of the Colorado park.
The hikers notified park rangers using a personal locator beacon before starting CPR on the man.
Park rangers responded to the scene, continuing CPR before initiating advanced medical care before he was later pronounced deceased.
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The incident is currently under investigation.
The National Park Service said park staff conducted recovery efforts via a litter carryout to the Mount Ida Trailhead.
The man’s body was transferred to the Grand County Coroner’s Office; the coroner will determine the cause of death.
His name will be released by the coroner’s office after next of kin are notified.
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The park was assisted by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County EMS, Grand Lake Fire and Classic Air Medical, stationed in Steamboat Springs.
While a heat wave has brought sweltering temperatures across the West and South, with heat suspected to be a factor in a man’s death at Death Valley National Park on Tuesday afternoon, the weather in the Colorado park has been relatively mild – with low temperatures dropping to the upper 30s.
A wide variation between day and nighttime temperatures is typical of mountain weather.
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“Summer days in July and August often reach the 70’s or 80’s and drop into the 40’s at night,” the agency noted of the area conditions.