Missing hikers near Zion National Park found in good condition

Published: Monday, Aug. 26 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

A view from the Angel's Landing hike in Zion National Park, Utah.

Ravell Call, Deseret News archives

MOUNT CARMEL JUNCTION, Kane County — Two women missing since Sunday from an area near Zion National Park were found alive and in relatively good condition Monday.

Christian Delahunty and Suzy Wheeler-Mang were spotted by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter about 2:40 p.m.

"They had endured several rain storms and were about out of food. They were picked up and flown to the Kanab City Airport," according to a statement from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

The women began hiking Thursday from an area south of Mount Carmel Junction and west of U.S. 89 in the East Fork of the Virgin River.

They planned for a three-day, 30-mile hike but got lost in the canyons and ran out of energy. They were expected to hike to Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park on Sunday morning. They were reported missing Sunday night.

"I was a mess," Delahunty said. "The only things that were running through my head were my kids and my family that was worried."

Before the women left for their trip, they provided a detailed itinerary to their families, allowing search and rescue crews to zero in on where they believed the women to be.

— Pat Reavy, Ashley Kewish

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