Yellowstone National Park has issued a media release confirming that an 18-year-old woman died this week after an accidental fall near Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The woman, who's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was a Yellowstone concession employee working her first day in the park. She was hiking the canyon's North Rim Trail with three others, when she ventured off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which quickly gave way underneath her.
After receiving a 911 call, Yellowstone Rangers responded to the area with the assistance of ground spotters and a Teton Interagency helicopter. The woman's body was spotted resting about 400 feet down the canyon wall. Despite the hazardous terrain, the body was recovered from the canyon by short-haul helicopter operation Friday afternoon.
The media release states that park visitors are reminded that hiking close to canyon rims is extremely dangerous, and that hikers should always stay on posted, designated canyon rim trails due to the instability of loose dirt and rock near ledges.