Don't Fall, Grand Canyon
There are no railings at West Rim. Everywhere you can go right to the edge. it is an unbelievable experience but it does not look as a good idea to go there with kids. In this case we would recommend South Rim, where they have railings.
If you have ever seen pictures of the canyon, then you probably know that there are so many areas of the canyon that does not have railing. And if it does have railing then stay behind it for your protection. If there is no railing, then you put yourself at risk since many of the edges of the canyon consist of dirt and gravel which by the way can be very slippery or just give way to your weight. So please use caution and respect the steep areas!!
Considering how many thousands of people that visit the Grand Canyon yearly, they have maybe one to two fatalities a year, but that is one too many. So please please watch your little ones and the big kids too!
Here is a story from Yahoo:
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. – A French tourist has survived a 75-foot fall off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon Aug 2010.
Witnesses say the 18-year-old man reportedly slipped Thursday afternoon while taking pictures near the rim. Park rangers received a report of a man falling over the edge of Mather Point, which is a short walk behind the South Rim's visitor center.
Paramedics rappelled down to the man's location, found him conscious and stabilized him so he could be airlifted out of the canyon and transported by ambulance to Flagstaff Medical Center.
Park officials say the man — whose name and hometown have not been released — was treated for wrist, ankle and neck injuries.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20100806/ap_tr_ge/us_travel_brief_grand_canyon_fall
(CBS/AP) A 4-year-old girl on a vacation trip to the Grand Canyon died Tuesday after slipping off the canyon edge and falling several hundred feet.
The girl fell near Mather Point just before noon and her father immediately scrambled down the cliffs to reach her, National Park Service spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said.
He started CPR, and a Park Service ranger who rappelled down into the canyon also began trying to resuscitate the little girl. A second ranger was lowered to the site by helicopter and determined the child was dead, Oltrogge said.
The child's body was recovered from a spot about 400 to 500 feet below the rim, Oltrogge said. The area where she fell is a combination of sheer drops of 30 to 50 feet, then slopes leading to more dropoffs.
Oltrogge said the child's death is a reminder to everyone that extreme care needs to be taken at the canyon rim, especially with children.
"It's a tragic reminder of how a family vacation can turn tragic in an instant," Oltrogge said, "Our thought and prayers are with the family."
The girl is from Arizona, but her name and hometown won't be released until Wednesday.
This is the second death sustained from a fall at the Grand Canyon this year, Oltrogge told the Arizona Republic.
A park official said the girl is believed to be the youngest person to die from a fall at the Canyon. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/10/national/main3351323.shtml
For more information:
Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce
or the National Park Service web page.
From I-40 exit onto Highway 64 (Exit 165, just east of Williams). Head north on Highway 64 directly to the South Rim (approximately 60 miles).
This is probably stating the obvious, but it’s a very long way down and a fall is likely to be, if not fatal, certainly very unpleasant. The Canyon is a mile deep and has no railings for the most part, except at a few of the viewpoints. This is understandable, given its huge size, and in any case the natural scene, already compromised in places by the tourist infrastructure, would be even more spoilt. In most places there is nothing to stop anyone from walking right to the edge, and while most of us would exercise a sensible amount of caution, children have to be especially carefully watched. I don’t want to scare anyone, but read this newspaper article about a four year old dying there, and you will definitely want to take all precautions. Apparently 53 people accidentally fell to their deaths from the canyon rims between 1925 and 2005. You don’t want to join them.
Perhaps oddly, I don't have a problem with heights myself, if it's me near the edge, but I do find it almost impossible to watch anyone else go near it. So taking this photo of Chris really tested my nerves, even though he was in no danger here.
When in the Canyon pay attention to where you are standing and any warning signs. It is very easy to get distracted and fall. The Park Ranger told us many people are too busy taking pictures to realize how close they are to the ledge and wind up having a bad fall or even get killed.
In todays world we are all so used of everything being safe. Well the Grand Canyon as rugged and beautiful and awesome as it is - isn't 100% safe.
They have little signs warning about falling rocks etc but not big enough to hit you in the face. My fiance asked our guide if they ever lose anyone over the edge. His answer shocked us a bit he said yes in the last few months a four year old had gone over. Very scary.
Just show some common sense and stay away from the edges and hold on to your little kids. The whole appeal of this place is it is wild and untamed but that is also where its danger is as well.
Be careful. While the Grand Canyon is a tourist destination it is also being kept as close to natural as possible. Use your common sense - there are no handrails! Keep your eyes on your children and don't step too close to the edge! People have died!
Some places have rails and some places don't. In both places you should be mindful. There have been more deaths in the places that have rails than the places that don't. People get comfortable with the rails and think they do not need to watch there kids or themselves. So be careful please.
*Watch your step when you are exploring the canyon. We were told that at least 12 people lose their lives each year here.
*At least 250 people a year have to be rescued from the canyon.
*About that same number of people have been bitten by rock squirrels each year--they're cute, but they're wild.
*When viewing wildlife at the canyon, keep a respectful distance. Seemingly gentle animals, can turn aggressive without warning.
In other words, please use common sense when visiting the Grand Canyon.
This was our first viewing of the Grand Canyon.. Some naked guy out on a cliff posing for a photo.. Besides the fact he could have fallen there were many many kids around.. besides that they had to run away when the Park police came..I have no idea what they were doing ,however for our entire family this was our first view as we walked up to the Grand Canyon forever embeded in our brains...
Be aware that apart from the main tourist viewing spots the Canyon has no barriers or warnings, so keep your wits, and the kids, about you. It is tempting to get as close to the edge as you can to get some good photos but I sometimes find that I start to lose my balance when looking through a camera lens. Dont know how I survived after taking these two !!
If you take some of the rim trails, be prepared that you will be hiking sometimes quite literally on the edge of the canyon. We hiked the trail between Pima Point and Hermit's Rest, and were quite shocked at how scary this could be. Take your time, and don't take your kids along these routes.
Make sure you drink enough water.
Don't fall off the edge! It does happen. Watch your children - you don't want to make the best trip of your life the worst nighmare.
Don't hike down too far if you are not prepared. Last year I heard (at dusk) people screaming that their Grandmother had become over heated and they were in trouble. I told the person going up to get a Ranger for help. DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN THIS POSITION! The year before I was taking the bus to Hermit's rest - when we stopped along the way there was a young man in good shape but was suffering from heat exhaustion. There are many other stories -
There are also a lot of rattle snakes and scorpions. Don't look under rocks and stay away from anything that looks weird. At the Phanton Ranch the Ranger showed us with a black light all the scorpions. They were every 3 feet or so
Don't be one of them - use your head especially with kids and other peole who might be with you.
I was a little surprised on how you can get very close to the edge of the canyon, Duh! which only makes sense, how can they put barriers up along the whole rim?
Therefore, you must watch your children carefully, and a good rule of thumb is stay your body's length away from the edge, especially since the ground can be rough or slippery and it would be so easy to fall over. It's also easy to be distracted about your surroundings, while your trying to get that perfect shot of the canyon.
We found the Rim Trail got scarily close to the edge of the canyon, and even more so with us tramping over ice and snow from the previous day's heavy snowfall. We decided to not take a chance, and got off the trail.
The trails are smartly marked off. Gee, there must be a reason for that. I saw people walking to the very edges of the canyon. Every year people slip and fall in. I was amazed by how little common sense some people used.
Stay on the trails and fenced off areas. Walking out another few feet to be on an overhang rock WILL NOT make a difference for your photo. And if it does, is it worth the risk?
And be EXTREMELY careful if you have children.
Be careful! Make sure you have good shoes and watch where you are walking. There are people every year who slip and fall while trying to take photos or are just trying to get a little bit closer to the edge. We have been lucky so far that the canyon is very accessible and not surrounded by a chain link fence!