Last week, two teenagers camping at Yosemite were tragically crushed when a tree fell on their tent — which, as it turns out, is not a very common way to die at a national park.
Deaths are a fact of life in the national park system. However, despite a rash of misfortune this month that included a man being fatally mauled by a grizzly bear at Yellowstone and a French couple dying of heat exhaustion at White Sands National Monument, statistics show the nation’s 408 national park sites are relatively safe spots.
“It’s probably more dangerous to go out on the highway in California or try to cross the street in some places,” said parks spokeswoman Linda Friar.
About 150 people die each year in a national park, according to the latest federal data, tracked between 2007 and 2013 — a relatively small number considering the parks see nearly 300 million visitors annually.
The biggest causes of death, according to the federal figures, are drownings and vehicle accidents — things that kill people outside of parks, too.
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