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Woman falls to her death in Dinosaur National Monument

The Gates of Lodore is a scenic spot to camp on the remote north end of Dinosaur National Monument. A woman fell to her death approximately 2.5 miles upriver from the Gates of Lodore earlier this week, according to Dinosaur National Monument officials.
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— Earlier this week, a 72-year-old female from Portland, Oregon died after falling off a 120-foot cliff at the Wade Curtis River Campsite on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, according to a news release.

Marolyn Sabala was on a rafting trip with friends and family at the time of her death, said Moffat County Coroner Kirk McKey.

National Park Service rangers and an investigator from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body on Tuesday.

At approximately 11:41 a.m. on Tuesday, monument staff received notification that a member of a private rafting trip had fallen sometime during the night, according to the news release.

According to the reporting party, the group launched on Monday at the Green River from Gates of Lodore and rafted about 2.5 miles before setting up camp for the night at the river campsite.

Sometime during the night or early morning, the victim is believed to have climbed a slope to the west of the campsite and then fell off the cliff. The victim was found Tuesday morning, the news release states.

A member of the trip rowed the 2.5 miles upriver to report the fatality. Cell phone reception is not available in this area and satellite phone reception may not be reliable.

At about 7:40 p.m., the recovery team arrived back to Gates of Lodore with the body.

The name of the victim is being withheld until the family has been notified.

According to the news release, Wade and Curtis is a river campsite located on the Green River in the Canyon of Lodore in the Colorado portion of Moffat County in Dinosaur National Monument. It is approximately 2.5 river miles from the boat launch at the Gates of Lodore. Gates of Lodore is located on the northern boundary of Dinosaur National Monument.

The newspaper is working on getting more information about the incident and will update readers as soon as possible.

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