In a national park that is home to a landscape often described as “foreboding”, it is astonishing to this longtime resident that there aren’t a plethora of “credible” ghost stories (I’ve heard a number that I would place in the “tall tale” category). Heck, even our high school mascot is a Phantom. With Halloween just around the corner, probably the best way to get your fright on in the park is to visit the Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery.
Located beside the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim, this majestically wooded graveyard is the final resting place for over 300 souls. Their number includes Emery Kolb and Eddie McKee who are among the most colorful characters to have ever roamed from rim to river. The cemetery is open to the public. More information is available at the NPS Visitor Center.
Grand Canyon Cemetery – A Who’s Who of Pioneer History