Private River Trip Reports Fatality at Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, -28-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Wednesday, October 20, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a fatality on a private river trip on the Colorado River. According to the report, a member of the party had been hiking above Elves Chasm (located near river mile 117) and had fallen to his death. Trip members had retrieved the body and were already back on the river.
Rangers met the party at Blacktail, approximately three miles downriver from Elves Chasm, where they conducted initial interviews and investigations and retrieved the body. The body was flown via helicopter to the South Rim helibase where it was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
The deceased has been identified as 52 year old John Kynyk of Goodyear, Arizona.
An investigation into this incident is being conducted by the National Park Service. No further details are available at this time.
Did You Know?
The elk found within Grand Canyon National Park weigh as much as 1,000 pounds (450 kg), and have been known to injure people who approach them. Never approach wild animals. It is dangerous, and illegal, to feed the wild animals in a national park. Violators will be fined.