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.
Body Found in Grand Canyon Search for Three Missing in Colorado River
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, AZ. – At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, National Park Service (NPS) search and rescue personnel found the body of a young man in the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch. The body has been identified as one of three young men missing since yesterday. His name is being withheld until family notifications have been made.
Searchers found the body approximately one mile down river from Boat Beach in an eddy on river right. Rangers responded to the area and conducted a search by zodiac after receiving a report from a long-term volunteer at Phantom Ranch indicating he had seen something in the water.
Search efforts continue for the other two young men. Those efforts include boat operations from Boat Beach to Hermit Rapid (river mile 95), a search dog and its handler searching from Boat Beach to Silver Bridge on both sides of the river, and ranger patrols on the River Trail above the river.
After being recovered from the eddy, the body was flown to the South Rim helibase where it was picked up by the Coconino County Medical Examiner and transferred to his office in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)