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91-Year-Old Is Oldest Person to Cross Grand Canyon

He's the oldest person to cross it rim-to-rim on foot, which he did in 5 days

(Newser) - The latest evidence that age ain't nothin' but a number: John Jepkema has been honored for crossing the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim on foot when he was 91 years old, becoming the oldest person ever to do so. The Colorado man, whose 2019 feat was recently acknowledged by Guinness World...

Social Media Star Fined for Grand Canyon Golf Stunt

Katie Sigmond hit ball into canyon, and most of her club followed

(Newser) - A TikTok star who hit a golf ball into the Grand Canyon—apparently without even shouting "Fore!"—has been fined for what the park says was a dangerous stunt. Katie Sigmond, a 20-year-old who has around 7 million followers on TikTok and 3 million on Instagram, posted...

'Long Overdue' Name Change Coming to Grand Canyon

Popular Indian Garden campground to become Havasupai Gardens in honor of tribe

(Newser) - A popular camping spot at Grand Canyon National Park is shedding its "offensive" name. Indian Garden, a camping and rest area reached from the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail, is to be renamed Havasupai Gardens in honor of the Native American tribe that was forcibly removed from...

Tourists Had to Spend Night in Grand Canyon Caverns

Fortunately, there was a motel suite down there when the elevator broke

(Newser) - Some Grand Canyon tourists got an unexpectedly long stay down in the caverns. An elevator broke at the tourist site on Sunday, leaving five visitors stuck 200 feet underground until their rescue on Monday night, reports ABC15 . It's not as bad as it sounds, however: This being a tourist...

On Day 5 of River Trip, Tragedy Strikes

Motorboat flipped in rapids of Colorado River at Grand Canyon

(Newser) - A 67-year-old man was killed and four other people injured Saturday afternoon when a motorboat flipped on the Colorado River inside Grand Canyon National Park. At Bedrock Rapid, a rocky island splitting the river into two channels, the boat hit a rock and flipped, 12 News reports. The boat was...

Grand Canyon Adventure Turns Tragic for Canadian

Ottawa's Melanie Goodine, 41, dies after trying to make it back up to rim after hike to Colorado River

(Newser) - A Canadian hiker exploring the Grand Canyon didn't make it out alive this week. Officials tell CBS 5 that 41-year-old Melanie Goodine of Ottawa has died after trying to do a tough hike to the Colorado River and back. Per a National Park Service release , the Grand Canyon Regional...

Grand Canyon Search for Missing Man Turns Up 2 Bodies

2nd body is believed to be that of a man who wasn't reported missing in the park

(Newser) - Crews searching for a missing man at Grand Canyon National Park made an unexpected discovery this summer: the remains of another person. They are believed to be those of Scott Walsh, who was last seen stepping off a shuttle bus at the park's South Rim in 2015, per the...

Hiker Plunges 50 Feet to His Death at Grand Canyon

It's been a deadly year at the park

(Newser) - A Grand Canyon hiker died Aug. 28 after plunging 50 feet while navigating a narrow path. Per , the hiker has been identified as 48-year-old David Colburn of Oregon. Per , teams of rescuers responded but were forced to suspend the search as darkness descended and due to...

Geologists May Have Solved a Grand Canyon Mystery
Geologists May Have Solved
a Grand Canyon Mystery
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Geologists May Have Solved a Grand Canyon Mystery

The 'Great Unconformity' of rocks has been a puzzle for 150 years

(Newser) - The Grand Canyon may be a geologic marvel, but it's also a geological puzzle—one that may have finally been cracked. The puzzle is known as the Great Unconformity, explains a release at . In parts of the canyon, layers of rock about 520 million years old sit...

Grand Canyon Backpacker Dies in Extreme Heat
After Death in Grand Canyon,
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After Death in Grand Canyon, a Warning From Park Rangers

53-year-old Michelle Meder of Ohio apparently succumbed to extreme heat while hiking

(Newser) - Temperatures on certain trails at Grand Canyon National Park can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit even in the shade, which is why park rangers continually warn visitors to avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day and to take other precautions. Those warnings were underscored by a tragedy over the...

Man Accused of Bringing 153 Hikers to Grand Canyon

Alleged organizer of illegal hike during pandemic is now facing criminal charges

(Newser) - A 150-person hike of the Grand Canyon isn't allowed in any case, and certainly not in the midst of a brutal pandemic. That's a rule a Washington state man knew and ignored, according to a criminal complaint filed in Arizona federal court. Joseph Mount, 34, is facing five...

45K Apply to Shoot Grand Canyon Bison. There Are 12 Spots

'Just keeping my fingers crossed that I'm one out of 12'

(Newser) - More than 45,000 people are vying for one of a dozen spots to help thin a herd of bison at Grand Canyon National Park. The odds aren't as good as drawing a state tag to hunt the massive animals beyond the boundaries of the Grand Canyon, but they'...

Park Service: Missing Man and His Motorcycle Found
Body Found in Grand Canyon

Body Found in Grand Canyon

Kentucky man went missing last week, apparently on a motorcycle

(Newser) - Rescue crews believe they've found the body of a Kentucky man missing for more than a week, 465 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon. Evidence found with the body indicated they'd found John Pennington, 40, who entered the park Feb. 23, USA Today reports. A motorcycle...

Grand Canyon Hiker Falls to Her Death Taking Photos

59-year-old was off the trail, officials say

(Newser) - A woman taking photographs during an off-trail hike at the Grand Canyon fell 100 feet to her death, park officials said. She was taking photos with family members, USA Today reports. Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, accidentally stepped off the rim just west of Mather Point, officials...

Grand Canyon Closes Indefinitely
Grand Canyon
Closes Indefinitely

Grand Canyon Closes Indefinitely

'It is a relief to a lot of the people in the park and community members'

(Newser) - The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter completely. On Tuesday, visitors still had access to...

Man Last Seen Dec. 22 Found in Grand Canyon

Texas' Martin O'Connor was spotted on one of the more difficult trails

(Newser) - A Texas man reported missing on Dec. 22 was spotted by hikers late Wednesday on one of the most challenging established trails in the Grand Canyon's South Rim and rescued the next day. Martin O'Connor, 58, was seen on the New Hance Trail, which leads down the canyon...

Skywalk May Have Changes After Grand Canyon Suicide

Jump is the first in its 12-year history

(Newser) - Officials at the Grand Canyon Skywalk are considering whether more security is needed after a man jumped to his death. Grand Canyon West said in a statement Monday that it would explore new policies. Authorities recovered the body of a 28-year-old visitor, whom they did not identify, Sunday morning, the...

British Tourist Dies in Grand Canyon Skydiving Accident

Pair 'encountered difficulties' during tandem jump

(Newser) - Another Grand Canyon tragedy: Authorities say a British tourist died in a skydiving accident near the canyon Sunday morning. Police say 55-year-old Christopher Swales was fatally injured after he and his skydiving partner, an instructor at a local skydiving center, "encountered difficulties" during a tandem jump, the BBC reports....

Woman, 70, Falls to Her Death in Grand Canyon

This was the 3rd falling death in 4 weeks

(Newser) - A third visitor in four weeks has fallen to their death in the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park authorities say the 70-year-old woman died after falling around 200 feet at the canyon's South Rim, NBC reports. The park said in a statement that rangers received a report around...

2nd Visitor in 2 Weeks Falls to Death at Grand Canyon

67-year-old man fell from South Rim viewing spot

(Newser) - A man who fell to his death from a viewing point at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon Wednesday morning was the third visitor to die in the space of eight days. The Grand Canyon National Park Service says park rangers found the body of the 67-year-old man around...

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