Young girl dies after falling into Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon

(Yellowstone National Park) – A young girl died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The girl and family members had parked their vehicle in a trailhead parking area along the North Rim Drive, a short scenic route off the park’s Grand Loop Road near Canyon Village.

The group was about two-thirds of the way down the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when the child reportedly stepped off the trail and then lost her footing.  She fell approximately 550 feet into the canyon.

Park personnel retrieved her body around noon Sunday.

The child’s name, age, state and hometown are being withheld pending notification of family members.  The incident remains under investigation.

–Provided by Yellowstone National Park