Hiker dies after fall at Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs

Climbing accident at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. July 23, 2019.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A hiker died after falling off a cliff at Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon.

Police believe the fall was accidental and the hiker was in an area he wasn't supposed to be in, out of bounds of any trails.

"He was on the other side of the fence too close to the cliff, especially with the rain we've gotten in the last couple of days. The erosion, the soft ground: it was a recipe for disaster. We think he got too close to the edge and fell," said Sgt. Brian Cummings with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The man reportedly fell about 85 feet in an area near Highway 24 and 31st Street. Authorities believe he was hiking alone at the time of the fall.

Officers have been patrolling the parks during the summer months and were nearby at the time.

"They were flagged down almost immediately and responded almost immediately," Cummings said.

The man was already dead when officers got to him. At the time of this writing, he's only been identified as a middle-aged white male.

Editor's note: Police originally believed the person who fell was a climber. This article has been updated to reflect police now believe he was a hiker.