A 35-year-old woman from Florida tragically fell to her death at the Grand Canyon last week, just hours after sharing scenic photos of the national landmark.
Colleen Burns, whose friends said she had a “million-watt” smile, tripped and fell 400 feet after posing for a photo on a hiking trip.
The specific location — named Ooh Aah Point — is well-known as a photo spot, especially during sunrise and sunset. Burns posted a scenic shot of the canyon just hours before the incident.
A friend that was with her said the group had just posed for a photo and were switching out with another group of hikers who were going to take a photo.
“She was stepping out of the way for another gentleman to kind of squeeze in,” one of her friends told station WESH, “and unfortunately, Colleen kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards, fell into the canyon.”
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.