A Hong Kong man in his 50s was taking photos when he stumbled and fell hundreds of feet to his death Thursday at Eagle Point at the Grand Canyon.
The man was part of a tour group visiting Grand Canyon West. Eagle Point is adjacent to the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out from the canyon wall. The rim has some ledges and outcroppings below but no barrier between tourists and the edge. Many of the tourists were taking photos very close to the rim of the canyon. A helicopter lifted the body at Grand Canyon West, a popular tourist destination on the Hualapai reservation outside the boundaries of the national park. Signs at Eagle Point warn tourists not to get too close to the edge.
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., drawing nearly 6.4 million visitors last year. Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai reservation area gets about 1 million visitors annually. In a separate incident, another dead person was found early, on Tuesday, this week, in a wooded area south of Grand Canyon Village. The cause of death is unclear. The National Park Service and the local medical examiner's office are investigating. Like most outdoor adventures, the Grand Canyon does not come without warnings and dangers.