Expect Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms Friday, with Increasing Chances Over the Weekend
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 »
Grand Canyon Fall Victim Identified
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The body of a man recovered from below Lookout Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has been identified as that of 28 year-old Ryan Thomas Cunningham of Gridley, California.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2011, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call from a park visitor reporting a man over the edge below Lookout Studio.
Mr. Cunningham’s body was located more than 200 feet below the rim after rangers called in the park helicopter to help search for the man. Members of the park’s technical rescue team hiked a short distance down the Bright Angel Trail, then traversed the canyon’s edge to reach the body.
Mr. Cunningham’s body was flow out the canyon via helicopter to the South Rim. His body was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner and transported to Flagstaff, Arizona.
Upon completion of an investigation by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner, his death was ruled as a suicide.
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.