Accidents that actually happened in national parks

A countless number of accidents happen at national parks every year. This is because visitors tend to forget that they are in the wild. These accidents can be avoided by being extra cautious. There are park regulations you need to follow and inform a ranger if you notice any dangerous activities. You can have fun but is important to follow the rules and keep in mind that you are in somebody else’s territory.

Do not go close to the edge:

In 1992, a man stood on the guardrail at the Grand Canyon National Park in order to scare his daughter and pretended to lose his balance by windmilling his arms and he actually lost his footing and fell to his death. It is important to maintain a distance from the edge in order to be safe.

Never pose with wild animals:

However tempting it may seem, avoid taking a selfie with the wild animals. A woman and her daughter were clicking a selfie in the Yellowstone National Park with a wild bison only six yards away. They had their backs turned towards the bison. This massive animal attacked and tossed the woman into the air, she survived with minor injuries.

Do not break the rules:

The rules in National Parks are meant for you to follow for your safety. Never break the rules. At the Yellowstone National Park, a tourist dove headfirst into the 200°F Celestine Pool in order to rescue his friend’s dog.

Do not use drones:

Flying drones in a national park is not a good idea. A tourist who was trying to click photos in Yellowstone National Park crashed a camera-equipped drone into the largest hot spring, the Grand Prismatic Spring. The incident followed a ban on drones.

Do not feed wild animals:

It is better to stay away from the wild animals at the national park. You need to keep in mind that you are walking into their territory. At Yosemite National Park, a boy was picnicking with his parents and died from a stab wound by the sharp antlers whom after he offered a potato chip to a mule deer.

Never hike in heels:

In order to avoid accidents, the park rangers at Grand Canyon National Park need to remind the tourists that the terrain is not suitable for anyone wearing heels.

Keep these accidents in mind when you head to a National Park. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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