Hiker dies after fall near Questa

On the afternoon of May 16, 2018 the New Mexico State Police responded to a report of a fallen hiker in the Wild Rivers Recreation area near Questa.

State Police arrived to find Owen O’Keefe (72), caretaker of La Junta Campgrounds, to be deceased from an apparent fall. Witnesses who saw the fall later told State Police that O’Keefe was out for a hike with another individual when he fell approximately 200 feet. It is unknown what caused the fall.

Fire Rescue personnel were called in to retrieve Mr. O’Keefe’s body for the Office of the Medical Investigator. There is no foul play suspected and the New Mexico State Police continues to investigate this incident with no additional information available at this time.