Preventive Search & Rescue

Saving Lives at Grand Canyon

"Down is optional, up is mandatory."

The extreme environment of Grand Canyon is like none other, yet people from all over the world come to experience the unique adventure of hiking into the canyon. Tragically, each year some lives are lost and many rescues are performed – often because people did not understand their limitations in the harsh, but beautiful environment.

The Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) team helps educate visitors about the extreme conditions and provides support to those people who need help hiking in the canyon. The team is mostly comprised of an incredible group of volunteers who dedicate their time talking to people, asking questions like: Do you know how far your hike is? How much water do you have? Do you know what the temperature is at Phantom Ranch? When necessary, they will encourage and help people turn back if there is a concern about their preparedness.

Location: Hiking trails in Grand Canyon.


By the numbers


general contacts made in 2018


preventive actions taken in 2018


hiker assists in 2018


active PSAR volunteers in 2018

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