Increasing Chances 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 »
Female Hiker Who Died on South Kaibab Trail Identified
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, AZ- A woman who died while hiking the South Kaibab trail in Grand Canyon National Park has been identified as 48-year old Sibylle Borger of Fredericksburg, VA.
On June 30 at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call from the emergency phone at Phantom Ranch boat beach with the report of an unconscious hiker about three quarters of a mile above Phantom Ranch on the South Kaibab Trail.
Park rangers responding from the Phantom Ranch ranger station began CPR upon arrival, but efforts to resuscitate Borger were unsuccessful. The body was flown by helicopter to the South Rim helibase and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. Ms. Borger was in a group of five people on the first day of a multi-day backcountry hiking permit.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional 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.