Park officials were notified mid-day on Wednesday of the man’s fall, according to a National Park Service statementthis link opens in a new tab. Rangers discovered the man’s body about 400 feet below the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village. The statement noted that both National Park Service officials and the local medical examiner’s office are still investigating his death. The victim’s identity has not been released.
According to The Washington Postthis link opens in a new tab, another visitor tripped and fell to his death on March 28. The tourist from Hong Kong reportedly fell over the 1,000-foot rim near the Grand Canyon Skywalk while attempting to take a photo. Officials closed that area to the public the following day, the Associated Press reportedthis link opens in a new tab.
“The thoughts and prayers of every Grand Canyon West employee remain with the loved ones of this individual and the members of the tour group,” the park said in a statement following the man’s death.
And just two days prior, on March 26, The Washington Post added, another man’s body was discovered by authorities in a forested area. The man was reportedly not a victim of a fall.
A National Park Service spokeswoman shared with The Washington Post that the most recent fatality was the “first over-the-edge death” at Grand Canyon National Park in 2019. The death in March, the spokesperson added, happened outside the national park’s boundaries.
The recent deaths led the park to issue a reminder to guests: “Have a safe visit by staying on designated trails and walkways, always keeping a safe distance from the edge of the rim and staying behind railings and fences at overlooks.”