66-year-old man dies while kayaking in the Dinosaur National Monument

Jacob Rodriguez, KUSA Updated: July 17, 2017 at 8:28 am • Published: July 16, 2017 0
photo - Yampa River Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado. Photo Credit: John Fielder.
Yampa River Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado. Photo Credit: John Fielder.

DINOSAUR - A 66-year-old Craig man died while on a private kayaking trip with a friend in the Dinosaur National Monument sometime on Saturday, authorities say.

Sometime around 2 p.m., the man went under the water in an inflatable kayak on the Yampa River after hitting a rock in the Tepee Rapid.

The man, whose name won't be released until his family is told, capsized and never came back up. The person he was with had to kayak another 24 miles to get to the Hells Canyon Ranch to report what happened.

National monument staff weren't told until seven hours after the man went under.

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