Expect Dry Conditions and Warm Temperatures Through the First Half of This 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 Desert View. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7767. Rabies is completely preventable if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure.
Update on Investigation into Fatal RV Fire in Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. -- On October 3, 2011, an RV located at the South Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park burned severely before firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. Subsequent investigation revealed the bodies of three persons inside of the recreation vehicle. The bodies appear to be those of an adult and two children.
An investigation into the identities and cause of death of the three is currently underway and is being conducted by the National Park Service with support from the Flagstaff Fire Department; Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation Evidence Response Team; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Preliminary investigation suggests the possibility of a murder-suicide and does not suggest the involvement of an unknown party. It is important to note that these findings are preliminary and that additional investigation is ongoing.
No identities will be made public until they have been confirmed and next of kin have been notified.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.