Visitor Falls: Second Yellowstone Death in a Week

By Bryce Cornatzer
18 Aug 2014

The death of a visitor after a fall is the second death in the park recorded in a week.

Park personnel retrieved the body of a young girl from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone after she fell to her death Sunday.

The girl and family members had parked their vehicle in a trailhead parking area along the North Rim Drive, a short scenic route off the park’s Grand Loop Road near Canyon Village.

The group was about two-thirds of the way down the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when the child reportedly stepped off the trail and then lost her footing. She fell approximately 550 feet into the canyon.

The body was retrieved around noon Sunday.

The child’s name, age, state and hometown are being withheld pending notification of family members. The incident remains under investigation.