New Report Shows Deadliest National Parks

More than 2,000 people died in national parks from 2014 to 2021, according to data released by the National Parks Service.

The data was published on Monday by the media company Nexstar, which received it via a Freedom of Information Act request. The data reveals common causes of death and the parks with the highest number of fatalities.

According to the data, the most common cause of death from 2014 to 2021 was “undetermined” and after that, the top five include:

  • Motor Vehicle Crashes (415)
  • Medical Deaths (402)
  • Drownings (385)
  • Falls (206)
  • Environmental (91)

Additionally, animal attacks accounted for only five deaths, the data shows.

As for total death in the national parks. Lake Mead ranked first for the most deaths with 145 — 47 of which were drownings — in that eight-year period, Grand Canyon came in second with 97, and Yosemite came in third with 94.

However, the report adds that when compared to the total number of visitors, which amounts to millions per year, the death rate is less than 0.0002%.