According to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, 56-year-old Beth Skelley of Lafayette died shortly after her tent was struck by a tree Monday evening, August 12, in a backcountry area under Grizzly Peak, just northwest of Engineer Mountain. Two female companions were unharmed in this tragic accident.

San Juan County and La Plata County Search & Rescue teams, and Flight for Life air support out of Mercy Medical Center made several attempts to revive Skelley. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The map below shows the location of Engineer Mountain.

The mountains are dangerous. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid setting up camp under potential hazards. This includes trees that appear to be dead or damaged. Keep an eye out for signs of loose bark or fungus. Remember, loose boulders, branches, bushes, and downed trees can all be uprooted during heavy rain, strong winds, or severe weather.

Editor’s Note: Here’s a quick piece regarding why we’ve decided to include accident and death coverage in our collection of content.

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