Lafayette woman killed by falling tree while camping in southwest Colorado

A Lafayette woman died Monday when a tree fell on her tent in southwest Colorado.

Beth Skelley, 56, was camping with two friends on the Colorado Trail near Grizzly Peak when a tree fell on the trio’s tent late Monday night, according to a Facebook post from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

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The sheriff’s office and La Plata County Search and Rescue responded, and Skelley was airlifted to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, where she died from her injuries.

The other two campers were not injured.

“This a shockingly stark reminder that no matter how safe your actions, the mountains are inherently dangerous,” the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office wrote in the post. “Please be safe out there.”