Last updated: 01:26 PM ET, Mon August 29 2016

National Park Service Employee Dies at Grand Canyon

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 29, 2016

National Park Service Employee Dies at Grand Canyon

Photo: Grand Canyon North Rim (Photo Credit: Barry Kaufman)

On Friday, officials from Yellowstone National Park announced that a National Park Service employee had fallen to her death at the Grand Canyon.

According to, 21-year-old National Park Service employee Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar from Quito, Ecuador, was standing with a group of coworkers at around 3:15 a.m. when she fell over the edge of a cliff at Grand View Point above the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the area, but were unable to complete a full search until the morning due to a lack of light. The next day, a helicopter search and rescue crew found the women’s body and determined the fall was not survivable.

Alcivar was working for the National Park Service as part of a foreign worker program that helps young people “come here to improve their English and learn about this country,” Yellowstone National Park officials said in a statement.

The area of the canyon in which Alcivar fell is said to be between 800 to 1,200 feet deep, and a full investigation into the employee’s death is being conducted.

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