Expect Afternoon & Evening Thunderstorms. Flash Flood Watch Through 9pm Monday
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. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Investigators Seek Information on Possible Child Abuse in Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - National Park Service investigators are seeking information on two separate incidents of possible child abuse in Grand Canyon National Park, both involving the same family.
On Monday, August 15, and Sunday, August 28, 45-year old Christopher Carlson was contacted by rangers while hiking with his three grandchildren (ages 8, 9 and 12) on the Bright Angel Trail, located on the South Rim of the canyon. As a result of the observed condition of his grandchildren and his alleged actions during these hikes, Mr. Carlson was arrested and is facing six charges of felony child abuse.
National Park Service investigators are asking anyone who was on the Bright Angel Trail on August 15 or 28, saw Mr. Carlson and his three grandchildren, and believes they have information regarding this case to call the Grand Canyon Silent Witness Line at 928-638-7767.
No additional information regarding these incidents is available at this time.
Did You Know?
Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.