Death becomes almost common in certain parts of the year here at Grand Canyon National Park. We get sent emails from NPS press releases about accidents that happen within the park on a regular basis. Living in such a large national park though, it does come with its consequences. i cant even begin to imagine how the life of a ranger is in this place. It must be a freaking nightmare. One of the worst parts about this is it always happens during the busiest part of the day in the busiest location of the entire south rim. Lots of people see death happen here. If you’re going to end your life please think of the other people on this earth that have to deal with the aftermath. Park Rangers, actual human beings have to go down and retrieve you. They have to risk their own lives on a daily basis. Repelling 200 feet down the side of a cliff might be exciting in some parts of the world, but not when you are going to pick up the aftermath of a death. People have to witness the end of your life, actual children see it happen. When we tell people to come down from the rock wall ledge, or say, hey you really shouldn’t be trying to stand between those two enormous elk to get your picture taken with them, or really please stop feeding the squirrels by hand unless you want rabies. We really do mean it. This is a dangerous park, the signs are all over the place, read them.
A rescue helicopter flies in to locate a person 200 feet below the Grand Canyon