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50-year-old Texas man is 3rd hiker to die at Grand Canyon National Park in recent weeks

Jul 8, 2024, 4:00 PM

Bright Angel Trail begins its descent into the Grand Canyon from from Grand Canyon Village on the S...

Bright Angel Trail begins its descent into the Grand Canyon from Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. (National Park Service Photo)

(National Park Service Photo)

PHOENIX – A 50-year-old Texas man died over the weekend while trying to hike out of the Grand Canyon, authorities announced Monday.

It was the third Grand Canyon National Park hiker death in recent weeks.

In the latest incident, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received word around 2 p.m. Sunday of an unresponsive hiker on the Bright Angel Trail.

Xanterra Fire and Security and National Park Service medical personnel responded to the scene, where bystanders initiated CPR.

Attempts to resuscitate the hiker, whose name was not released, were unsuccessful.

The San Angelo man was hiking up to the South Rim after an overnight stay at Havasupai Gardens, according to park officials. He was about 100 feet below the Bright Angel Trailhead when he became unresponsive.

The National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the case.

What were the other recent Grand Canyon hiker deaths?

The previous weekend, a 69-year-old Texas man died while hiking near the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He was trying to reach Phantom Ranch via the South Kaibab Trail for an overnight stay when he lost consciousness and could not be resuscitated.

And two weeks before that incident, a 41-year-old man died while hiking on the Bright Angel Trail after spending the night at the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

While park officials haven’t indicated whether heat was a factor in the recent fatalities, they have issued warnings about the dangers of hiking at Arizona’s most popular tourist attraction during periods of extreme heat.

Rangers advise against hiking in the inner canyon between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the summer, when temperatures can reach over 120 degrees in the shade on exposed trails.

Additionally, rescue efforts can take longer during the summer due to limited staff, the number of calls and employee safety requirements, according to park officials. Also, helicopters could be unable to fly during periods of extreme heat or inclement weather.

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50-year-old Texas man is 3rd hiker to die at Grand Canyon National Park in recent weeks