Grand Canyon hiker dies in fall near Mather Point

Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was walking off the trail on Friday and taking photos with her family when she accidentally fell off the edge of the canyon, according to a press release from the National Park Service.
She and her family were walking in an area west of Mather Point along the canyon’s south rim, authorities said.

Rangers from the Grand Canyon National Park found his body about 100 feet below the rim, according to park service.

“The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting an investigation into the incident,” 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 trails and keep a safe distance from the edge of the edge.
The South Rim Visitor Center is located just south of Mather Point, which is one of the canyon’s most popular viewpoints and offers spectacular views, especially at sunset.
Last year, at least two people died after falling on the edge of the Grand Canyon. One of them, a man in his 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.