National Park officials investigating video of fence-leaping man nearly falling into canyon

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park
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Officials are investigating a viral video that shows a man acting recklessly at Bryce Canyon National Park, with nearly fatal results.

The clip, which is circulating on social media, shows the man vaulting a railing and nearly slipping off a cliff. As KSL reports, the video was shared on Instagram account TouronsOfYellowstone, which highlights dangerous behavior in US National Parks. You can watch the clip yourself below.

A woman can be heard screaming as the man loses his balance on the sandy ground after landing on the other side of the fence, and slides perilously close to the canyon. The man could not only have been seriously injured himself, he could also have hurt people walking on trails below the cliff.

"Considering that this occurred at one of the park's most popular viewpoints and dislodged rocks onto the heavily trafficked Navajo Loop below, we are extremely thankful that no serious injuries occurred," said park spokesperson Peter Densmore.

Densmore shared his concern that although stunts like this are rare, there's a risk of other park visitors trying to imitate them for the sake of social media.

"Signs, barriers and regulations are in place for the safety of all of our visitors and the protection of this special place," he added. 

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.