A 21-year-old Yellowstone National Park worker plunged to her death from the edge of a canyon while socialising with colleagues in the early hours, authorities have said.
Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, a concession employee at the Yellowstone National Park, was with a small group of coworkers at the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone in Wyoming shortly after 3.15am when she fell.
Her body was recovered about four hours later on Friday and the incident remains under investigation.
Alvicar is from Quito, Ecuador.
The incident along with three major wildfires burning in Yellowstone come at the height of the summer tourist season and as officials in both parks prepare for celebrations set for Thursday marking the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.
The fires have prompted authorities to close the south entrance to the park, which last month saw an average of more than 2,400 vehicles per day.
Yellowstone, which occupies the northwestern corner of Wyoming and spills over into Idaho and Montana, was the first national park established in the United States and remains one of its most popular.
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