The Arizona woman, 59, falls 30 meters to her death while taking pictures in the Grand Canyon
- Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Friday after falling 100ft
- She was walking near the South Rim with her family when she got off a ledge
- Her death is the second in the park this year – a woman died on June 26 of heatstroke
- Every year 12 people die in the park, mostly due to heat and height
An Arizona woman fell 30 meters to her death while taking pictures in the Grand Canyon.
Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died on Friday near the South Rim Visitor Center. Her body was found later that day.
Salgado Lopez was out walking and taking pictures with family members when she accidentally got off a ledge and fell.
The accident happened west of Mather Point.
Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, died Friday near South Rim Visitor Center (stock image)
Death was second in the park in recent weeks.
On June 26, Catherine Houe, 49, of Daly City near San Francisco died after suffering from heat-related symptoms on a 114-degree day.
The Grand Canyon had 17 fatalities in 2018, and at least four people died in the park area in 2019.
The first death last year was not the result of a fall, said Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes, spokeswoman for Grand Canyon National Park.
She said the victim was a stranger and the body was found on March 26 in a wooded area south of the park’s South Rim Village area.
On April 23, Cynthia Ackley, 69, of Peoria, Arizona fell near Pipe Creek Vista.
Two weeks earlier, a 67-year-old man fell 400 feet above the rim east of the Yavapai Geology Museum.
And in March, a 50-year-old Hong Kong man who visited the Hualapai Reserve outside the park fell while trying to take pictures.
The South Rim, where Salgado Lopez died, is a popular spot for photos, especially at sunset (stock image)
“There are an average of 12 deaths a year in the park, but a small percentage of them are from fatal crashes,” said Ceja-Cervantes at the time.
The causes of those deaths range from heat, drowning, medical problems and more.
“High altitude plays a role in some fatalities.”
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, attracting nearly 6.4 million visitors in 2018.
Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reserve receives about 1 million visitors annually.