The United States is bursting with beautiful scenery – and the national parks contribute greatly to these picturesque sights. But within all of this beauty, there is also danger. But which is the most dangerous national park in the U.S.?
New research from the outdoor experts over at Outforia has revealed the most dangerous U.S. national parks by Freedom of Information request, highlighting the parks with the most deaths and common causes of deaths.
Top 10 Most Dangerous U.S National Parks
The dangers facing visitors to the Grand Canyon are pretty clear to see, with drops of 100 feet into the base of the canyon itself, although falls aren’t actually the biggest cause of death in the national park. 27 people have died from falls in the Grand Canyon since 2010, while as many as 42 have died from medical or natural causes, many of which were due to the extreme heat in the area. That’s why it is the most dangerous national park in the U.S.
Top 5 Causes of Death
Unfortunately, while the rugged mountain terrain of the country’s national parks is what makes them so spectacular and popular with visitors, it also contributes to the number one cause of deaths, falls-with 245 deaths in the last ten years. While it can be tempting to take the odd risk here and there to capture the perfect picture, the figures show just how important it is to be aware of your surroundings when visiting a national park.
There have also been 166 deaths in the country’s national parks that went unexplained, with an ‘undetermined’ cause of death.
You can see the full research here.