Man found dead on White Sands National Monument trail

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The National Park Service is urging hikers to use caution while out on the trails after park rangers found a man dead inside White Sands National Monument Wednesday night.

According to a news release, rangers discovered an unattended vehicle in the park’s Alkali Flat Trail parking lot.

After searching the immediate area, they expanded the search to the Alkali Flat Trail where they discovered an unresponsive man less than a mile away from the trailhead.

New Mexico State Police confirmed the death at the scene, officials say. The Alkali Flat Trail remains open to hikers.

Daytime temperatures reached 97 degrees on Wednesday. The National Park Service recommends following these tips to stay safe in the heat:

  • Start hiking in the early morning or early evening, when temperatures are coolest
  • Don’t start a hike when the temperature is at or above 85 degrees
  • Bring high-energy snacks and at least one gallon of water per person per day
  • Wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and lightweight, loose clothing with long sleeves and long pants
  • Always have a plan when you hike
  • Tell someone where you are hiking and when you plan to return

New Mexico State Police and the National Park Service are investigating the incident.

For more information on safety precautions and alerts, click HERE.

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