It was a vacation that ended tragically. Colleen Burns was enjoying the sweeping views of the Grand Canyon National Park when she ended up falling to her death. And right before she died, she posted a photo of herself in the park on social media with the words, “That view tho.” She uploaded this a few hours before her death.
Colleen was the southeast regional marketing director at online local business directory Yelp. She had a fun spirit and a knack for adventure. It’s safe to say she enjoyed the great outdoors and loved going on hiking trips with her friends.
Back in December 2015, Colleen also posted a photo of herself off to another hiking adventure. She quoted some words from Jack Canfield that said, “By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you.”
On Friday, 35-year-old Colleen was in the middle of a hiking trip with friends near the South Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon National Park when she suddenly slipped off the edge at the Ooh Aah Point.
According to a report from People, park rangers managed to locate her body 400 feet below from where she had been standing. According to the Coconino County Public Health Service’s Medical Examiner’s Office, Colleen died as a result of “multiple blunt force injuries.”
A friend who had been hiking with Colleen that day said, “She was just, like, stepping out of the way for another gentleman to, kind of, squeeze in. Unfortunately, Colleen just kind of got tripped up on her own feet and fell backwards.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Colleen leaves behind a mother, father, brother and two pet Yorkshire terriers.