Hiker Fatality on South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park-June 2021

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Higher section of the South Kaibab Trail

NPS Image/M. Quinn

Information Release Day: June 23, 2021

Speak to: Joelle Baird, 928-606-3154

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – On June 22 at approximately 1:20 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a simply call reporting CPR in development around a half mile under the South Kaibab Trailhead.

Bystanders initiated CPR and Countrywide Park Assistance (NPS) EMS staff responded and assisted with resuscitation initiatives. All tries to resuscitate the sufferer were being unsuccessful.

The victim has been discovered as William Smith, 60, of Oswego, Illinois. Smith was mountaineering out of the canyon just after finishing a day hike to Ooh Ahh Place, about one mile down the South Kaibab Trail.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the NPS in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional data is accessible at this time. 

Park rangers at Grand Canyon National Park suggest hikers to postpone difficult hikes or trying new pursuits when initial responders continue to focus on other incidents. Right before heading down path, hikers are strongly inspired to browse the Hiking Tips page and check the Backcountry Updates and Closures web site for recent facts on internal canyon circumstances.


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