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A hiker died after a fall at the Grand Canyon

A woman hiking at the Grand Canyon Nationa...

Posted: Jul 4, 2020 2:12 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2020 2:45 PM

A woman hiking at the Grand Canyon National Park died after a fall, park officials said on Saturday.

Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was hiking off trail on Friday and taking photos with her family when she accidentally fell from the canyon's rim, according to a National Park Service press release.

She and her family were hiking in an area west of Mather Point along the canyon's South Rim, officials said.

Grand Canyon National Park rangers found her body about 100 feet below the rim, according to the park service.

'An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office,' the park service said in a statement.

The park, which had nearly 6 million visitors last year, is urging all visitors to stay on designated trails and walkways and keep a safe distance from the edge of the rim.

The South Rim visitor center is located just south of Mather Point, which is one of the canyon's most popular overlooks and offers spectacular views, especially at sunset.

Last year, at least two people died after falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon. One of them, a man in his late 50s was apparently taking a selfie when he slipped and fell, a spokesman for the Eagle Point observation area at Grand Canyon West told CNN at the time.

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