Grand Canyon Authorities Say Tourists Are Taking Too Many Risks
After three people have fallen to their death at the Grand Canyon in just eight days, officials warn travelers not to risk it all for a good photo.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular sites in America — and one of the deadliest, as three people have fallen to their deaths in just eight days.
Extra guards were on duty Monday at the spot near the Skywalk where one tourist fell last week, as a warning to people to stay at least 10 feet from the canyon edge.
“Everybody is being more careful and you got to watch your feet, watch where you're walking, stay away from the edges of course, don't try to lean forward,” one tourist told Inside Edition.
Authorities say tourists are taking too many unnecessary risks to get those majestic photos.
“They are just not processing how dangerous it is. They're more focused on the photo op,” author and canyon expert Michael P. Ghiglieri told Inside Edition.
He wrote “Over The Edge” about accidents in the Grand Canyon.
“The victims are generally people who made really not so smart mistakes. I know it's uncharitable and unflattering to say that but when you analyze how they happen, ... just like, how did that happen? What were you thinking?” he said.
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