NEWS: Corona Arch Death


Feb 23, 2012
Sad story. This is the second death in as many weeks near Moab.

"MOAB — A West Jordan man was killed Sunday while attempting to swing from a large natural arch that has gained widespread notoriety from a YouTube video.

Kyle Stocking, 22, and five friends set up a rope swing on Corona Arch about 3:30 p.m. They miscalculated the length of the rope, however, and Stocking hit the ground when he tried to swing, sustaining fatal injuries, according to the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

Swinging off Corona Arch received notoriety in 2012 when a video titled "World's Largest Rope Swing" was posted on YouTube and instantly went viral. As of Monday, it had more than 17 million views.

In part because of the video and increasing popularity, the state banned swinging from the arch earlier this year. The arch is on Bureau of Land Management property.

The Grand County Sheriff's Office said many schools are currently on spring break, meaning their busy time of year has begun.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available."


Aug 9, 2007
Terrible news. :( I'm guessing this will lead to more restrictions on what activities are allowed out there. Personally, I think the whole rope swing thing is a pretty bad idea to begin with. Looks fun but man would I not ever trust myself or anyone I know to rig that up with normal climbing gear. Scary stuff.

Howells Outdoors

Adventure is my middle name...actually it's Keith.
Sep 26, 2012
Looks fun but man would I not ever trust myself or anyone I know to rig that up with normal climbing gear. Scary stuff.

My thoughts exactly! Even scarier is their new video! It will make people go crazy to strap a rope over a canyon and swing on that!

Mike K

Jul 6, 2012
So is it only shut down for commercially guided trips? I skimmed the article and couldn't tell for sure. (Not that I really care, just curious).

PS - My avatar matches! :D


Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey"
May 5, 2012
No, it's shut down to all roped activities.
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