Late Friday night Grand Canyon National Park rangers
received word that a 19 year-old male hiker had gotten
injured in a rock fall that occured in an area of the
canyon known as the “Box”.
The incident happened during a thunderstorm in the steep
canyon approximately nine miles below the North Rim on the
North Kaibab Trail.
The man was brought to Phantom Ranch by fellow hikers.
Park rangers responded and immediately began to provide
Rangers requested a helicopter for transport, but due to
weather it was unable to respond until Saturday morning.
The patient was transported in critical condition to the
Flagstaff Medical Center by Guardian air ambulance at
approximately 6:00 a.m.
The weather forecast calls for additional thunderstorms in
the Grand Canyon area over the next several days.
Hikers are advised to be especially cautious during
storm activity and should take precautions based on the
areas they are hiking in, as well as weather conditions.