Indiana Woman’s Tragic Death Highlights Dangers of Grand Canyon Hiking

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GRAND CANYON, AZ — A 36-year-old woman died earlier this month while hiking in the Grand Canyon.

According to reports the woman from Westfield, Indiana, lost her life during a hike sometime around May 14th. That’s when she was discovered on the Bright Angel Trail above the Three-Mile Resthouse.

The identity of the victim has not been released as authorities continue their investigation. The woman had reportedly been embarking on a challenging adventure, attempting to hike to the Colorado River and back in a single day. 

While the official cause of death is pending, park rangers have emphasized extreme heat conditions prevalent in the canyon, with temperatures often exceeding a scorching 120°F (49 °C). Risks posed by the intense summer heat in the Grand Canyon, urging hikers to exercise caution, not hike between 10 am and 4 pm, and prioritize their safety.

An investigation into the woman’s death is being conducted by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

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