National park worker gets bucked off mule on Arizona mountain while on job, rangers say

A National Park Service worker was injured when the mule he was riding bucked him off on an Arizona mountain, officials said.

He was packing equipment and supplies into Manning Camp in Saguro National Park the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12, when it happened, Pima County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue officials said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The camp “serves as a high elevation base” for fire and natural resources studies, according to the National Park Service website.

It sits at 8,000 feet of elevation and “exists in a completely different climate from the desert scrub” at the Visitor Center, the website says.

Search and rescue officials airlifted the worker off the mountain in a helicopter, the X post says.

Officials didn’t provide details about the worker’s condition or about what, if anything, may have spooked the mule.

55-year-old tourist dies during challenging Grand Canyon hike, rangers say

Outhouses, pack mules and views: TikToker shows what it’s like to be a fire lookout

Runaway mule goes on ‘solo adventure’ in Arizona neighborhood. Officers needed a lasso