75-year-old Houston man found dead on Chimneys Trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas

BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – A Houston man was found dead by park rangers at a Big Bend National Park Thursday, officials said.

The video above is from a previous report.

Big Bend National Park Communications Center received a call about 7:45 p.m. about a death along the Chimneys Trail. Rangers responded and found the 75-year-old man about half a mile from the start of the trail.

The Chimneys Trail is a 5-mile loop hike described as a moderate hike that leads to volcanic formation in the park’s western desert.

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Officials said they had determined a cause of death.

“Big Bend National Park staff and partners are saddened by this loss,” said Assistant Superintendent David Elkowitz. “Our entire park family extends our sincere condolences to the hiker’s family and friends.”

Temperatures in Big Bend typically top 100 degrees by late morning and rise to dangerous levels long after sunset. Temperatures topped 104 degrees along the Chimneys Trail on Thursday afternoon.

Park rangers are reminding visitors to be aware of the dangers of intense heat, and those planning to hike should prepare to drink and carry a gallon of water a day and plan to be off the trails by noon.

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