Girl, 8, Dies Falling 550ft While Hiking In Yellowstone Park

Wed, August 20, 2014 2:21pm EST by 6 Comments
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How sad. A little girl fell 550ft to her death while hiking with her family inside Yellowstone National Park. The 8-year-old made it down 2/3’s of the trail before losing her footing.

Zahra Allahyari, 8, was hiking to the Brink of the Lower Falls inside Yellowstone National Park when she lost her footing and tumbled 550ft down into a canyon. The little girl was with her family at the time, and it reportedly took hours for rescue workers to recover her body from the bottom of the canyon. Awful.

Little Girl Dies By Falling Into Canyon In Yellowstone National Park

This is horrific.

A little girl named Zahra was in the company of her family for what should have been a fun and adventurous hike through Yellowstone National Park on Sunday, Aug. 17, reports NBC San Diego.

The family followed a trail that reportedly leads to the Brink of the Lower Falls inside the park, and they made it 2/3 of the way before tragedy struck. Little Zahra stepped off of the trail and lost her footing, leading her to her death.

When Zahra fell, she reportedly tumbled down at least 550 feet into Yellowstone’s grand canyon. Her lifeless body was recovered from the bottom of the canyon a few hours later.

There is no word on which family members Zahra was with at the time of her death. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends during this very difficult time.

Zahra’s Death Was Yellowstone’s 3rd In 2014 Alone

Sadly, 8-year-old Zahra was not the first life tragically lost inside Yellowstone in 2014.

On the very same day her body was recovered, rescue workers also discovered the body of a 22-year-old Georgia man who went missing while tubing with two friends on a park river.

Another death inside the park was that of a 36-year-old man who was visiting from Taiwan when a tree fell on top of him in a freak accident. The man had been hiking when the tree fell, killing him instantly.

So sad. Hopefully no more lives will be lost inside Yellowstone National Park.

– Lauren Cox

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Posted at 1:36 PM on August 22, 2014  

Update: I think they were on a more treacherous trail than we were. We were at Lower Falls, but not the Brink. We were at Artist Point.

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Posted at 1:06 PM on August 22, 2014  

I was at Yellowstone the same time with my 8 yr old and 14 yr old, as well as my parents. Didn’t hear about this until after I got back. We went to the lower falls, too, but it wasn’t a trail in the sense of steep, rocky, or narrow. It was a wide paved road-like trail very easily managed…nor was it steep. The problem was the edges….the park piled large boulders on the side of the trail cliff-side as a wall. But I saw families allowing their kids to SIT ON THE BOULDERS. Looking over them was enough for me…so steep and high up as to make me almost sick. We stayed on the topside of the trail and it was fine. I can only imagine they weren’t closely watching their child or they allowed her to go in an area she shouldn’t have gone. You really have to keep your eye on your kids in places like this. God bless her. Again, not meaning to blame, since I don’t know what happened, but we were all shocked at what families were doing and allowing their youngsters to do, in the face of clear warnings and signs at Yellowstone.

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Posted at 9:32 PM on August 23, 2014  

@Jen I believe you have the wrong trail. The trail to the lower falls was very steep, pretty narrow, and had little railing, except for when you made it to the brink.

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Posted at 7:00 PM on August 20, 2014  


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Posted at 3:16 PM on August 22, 2014  

The parents did nothing wrong don’t hate on them while they’re grea
Don’t hate on the parents ignorant nod dumb the parents did nothing wrong don’t hate on them especially not while they’re greaving from the death of their daughter.

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Chantel Keona

Posted at 3:30 PM on August 20, 2014  

This is so sad.

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