Update: Zion BASE jumper went down before husband, name released

Mount Kinesava at sunset, taken from Grafton, Utah, March 25, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

ZION NATIONAL PARK — The name of the woman who fell to her death BASE jumping in Zion Saturday was recently released, along with a statement from her husband.

This information was released in a report by Zion National Park Sunday afternoon after her body was located by search and rescue teams from Zion and Grand Canyon National Park.

The woman was 28-year-old Amber Bellows, who was with her husband of two weeks, 29-year-old Clayton Butler. According to the report, both individuals were from Salt Lake City and were experienced BASE jumpers.

The report also stated that the couple hiked up Mount Kinesava that morning, and Bellows jumped first, but her parachute did not open properly and she fell approximately 2,000 feet, according to Butler.

According to his statement, Butler followed, but was unable to reach her. He then hiked out to get help and notified park officials at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Zion reached out to Grand Canyon for helicopter support. Since it was a recovery and not a rescue, the teams decided to wait until daylight in order to reduce unnecessary risk, according to the report. The area that Bellows fell in is fairly remote and surrounded by difficult terrain. Her exact location was also unknown.

Two National Park Service rangers were short-hauled directly to Bellows’ body by helicopter and then hoisted her a short distance to a waiting ambulance.

The accident is currently under investigation; BASE jumping is illegal within Zion National Park.

“It is just really sad and our condolences go out to her family and friends,” the park’s acting superintendent, Jim Milestone, said. “BASE jumping is so dangerous, even for those that are experienced, like Amber Bellows. That is one of the reasons it is not allowed in the park.”

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Mount Kinesava at sunset, taken from Grafton, Utah, March 25, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News
Mount Kinesava at sunset, taken from Grafton, Utah, March 25, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

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5 Comments

  • KAM February 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    So sad on so many levels. A new bride, and her experience. Prayers for both families!

  • Ryan White February 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    God warns us about such activities. Looks like God was right again.

    • Kayo Skandunas February 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Starting their marriage with some adventure and doing something they both loved. Beautiful! Losing a loved one is so awful!! I can only imagine what her husband and family is going through… And Ryan White: your ignorance and lack of empathy is what Christ warns us about, you ignorant, self-richeous hypocrite.

    • Ray February 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

      God warns us, what cliff did you fall off? Only a …* idiot, ya you Ryan, would make a comment like that after families just lost a beloved one. I’d love to bring you closer to God …*.Send me your address, never mind, I’ll google ya…
      *Ed. ellipses.

  • amber February 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Prayers and love to her family.

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