Arizona: A woman plunged to her death while taking pictures at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park’s staff is now urging everyone to stay on the designated trails and keep a safe distance from the rim.

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The Grand Canyon National Park reopened its North and South rims on June the 5th, after temporarily shutting down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Approximately a month after the reopening, tragedy struck the famous geological viewpoint.

At noon, on Friday, the Grand Canyon echoed screams of horror. A 59-year-old Arizona woman, Maria Salgado Lopez, plunged to her death while taking pictures at the Grand Canyon with her family.

Park Rangers found Maria’s lifeless body a hundred feet below the rim, west of Mathur Point, on Saturday.

The National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the fall. According to ABC News, officials say:

Maria was hiking off-trail with her family and taking pictures when she stepped off the edge.

Maria is the second person to die in the Grand Canyon National Park in recent weeks. On June the 24th, a 49-year-old California woman died of heat exposure after hiking in scorching 114-degrees.

The woman, her husband, and a friend had been walking on the Grand Canyon’s South Kaibab Trail and planned to spend the night at Phantom Ranch inside the canyon. However, the events took an unpleasant turn.

Sightseeing and hiking at the Grand Canyon can be extremely scary. On average, 12 people die in the park each year, mainly from heat and altitude.

Last year, a video went viral, which showed 20-year-old Emily Copper taking a photo of her mother at the park and almost slipping off the edge. The girl caught herself in time and avoided the fall.

Grand Canyon National Park’s staff is now urging everyone to stay on the designated trails and keep a safe distance from the rim, hoping to prevent another tragic death. In a statement, the park said:

Grand Canyon National Park staff encourages all visitors to have a safe visit this holiday by staying on designated trails and walkways. We advise visitors to always keep a safe distance from the edge of the rim and stay behind railings and fences at the overlooks.

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