The Grand Canyon inside the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona is a favorite for hikers. The Canyon has hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and thousands of visitors come to the Canyon every year for hiking.
However, the Canyon is as dangerous as it is beautiful. One hiker’s visit to the park proved this as she fell to her death at the Canyon.
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An Arizona citizen fell to her death at the Mather Point when she was hiking off-trail and clicking pictures.
The press release issued by the National Park identified the woman as Maria A. Salgado Lopez of Scottsdale.
“On Friday, July 3 at approximately 12:35 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a visitor who fell from the rim west of Mather Point. Responding rangers located the body of Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, AZ approximately 100 ft. below the rim.”
“[She] had been hiking off trail and taking photographs with family when she accidentally stepped off the edge. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.”
TIME reported last year that a spokesperson for the park, John Quinley, said that “there are typically fewer than five deaths in the park each year caused by falls.”
Even though visitors are constantly reminded of safety precautions on the official website, at park kiosks, as well as by the park staff.
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The Canyon formation can be approached at 2 sides and is 277 miles long. Thus, the park officials say that there is only so much they can do to implement safety provisions.
“Gravity is part of the package,” said Roger Clark, the Grand Canyon Program Director for the Grand Canyon Trust.
“There’s places like that- whether you’re at the Gand Canyon or walking the street- where one foot can mean the difference between life and death.”