Expect a Good Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms Through the Week.
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
Man Who Fled Rangers Rescued from Below Rim in Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 22, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a visitor report of a man panhandling at the Duck on a Rock pullout located approximately ten miles east of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Upon arriving at the scene, rangers made contact with the individual who refused to provide identification, fled ranger staff and jumped over the edge, falling approximately 25 feet below the rim.
High-angle rescue team members were brought in and rappelled down to the individual. On the way down, they were notified by rangers on the rim that one of the vehicles parked at Duck on a Rock belonged to a man wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Texas. Upon reaching the individual, rescue rangers preventatively handcuffed him until he could be identified, stabilized his injuries, packaged him in a litter and lifted him to the rim.
Upon arriving at the rim, the man was identified as 48 year old Terrance Black who is wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Texas. Mr. Black has been taken into custody and is being transported via Department of Public Safety helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained in the fall. Once he is released from the hospital he will be transported to the Coconino County Detention Center where he will remain in custody until Texas Rangers arrive in Arizona.
The vehicle associated with the Texas murder investigation has been impounded by the National Park Service and is being held for the arrival of Texas Rangers who will process the car for investigative clues.
No further information is available at this time.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.