Seasonal Park Ranger Jeffrey A. Christensen

Seasonal Park Ranger Jeffrey A. Christensen

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, July 29, 2005

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Jeffrey A. Christensen

Seasonal Park Ranger Jeff Christensen died after he fell from a rugged mountain trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park's Mummy Range, near Estes Park, Colorado.

He was conducting a backcountry patrol to the Lawn Lake Trailhead when the accident occurred. A search for him was started after he failed to radio dispatch that evening and when he did not arrive for his shift the following morning.

The search involved over 200 people and lasted for over one week, until Ranger Christensen's body was found by a hiker on August 6th, 2005.

Ranger Christensen had served as a seasonal park ranger for four years. He is survived by his parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location Colorado

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Nearly 12 years ago, my son Joe took part in the search for his good friend Jeff, and then spoke at his memorial services about the beauty of the mountains that Jeff loved and the great human being and friend that Jeff was. I thought about Jeff last month as we held a memorial service for Joe who died while on avalanche patrol at Squaw Valley. Many friends from Winter Park came and celebrated Joe's love for the mountains and tempered our grief with stories about the man who was their great friend. It is so sad that these young men died so suddenly but we will always remember their deep friendship.

Jim Zuiches

February 22, 2017

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