An 18-year-old woman, on the first day of her summer job with a Yellowstone National Park concessionaire, fell about 400 feet to her death into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Park officials said the woman, out hiking Thursday evening with three colleagues along the North Rim Trail, fell into the canyon near Inspiration Point. They said she "ventured out off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which quickly gave way underneath her."
Shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday park rangers with the assistance of ground spotters and a Teton Interagency helicopter spotted the woman’s body resting approximately 400 feet down the canyon wall. They concluded that she had sustained non-survivable injuries.
Despite the hazardous terrain, the body was successfully recovered from the canyon by short-haul helicopter operation at approximately noon Friday. The victim’s identity is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.
The woman had lined up a job working with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, according to park officials, though they didn't know exactly where she was to be based in the park.
Park officials remind visitors that hiking close to canyon rims in the park is extremely dangerous. Staying on posted, designated canyon rim trails is a must due to the instability of loose dirt and rock near ledges.