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Ranger-led Programs

Overlook talk at Grand View Point
Overlook talk at Grand View Point
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert

Rangers present a variety of interpretive programs March through October at the Island in the Sky and Needles districts. Schedules and times vary so please check visitor center and campground bulletin boards for current listings. Programs may be cancelled due to staffing or weather.

Spring and Fall Program Schedule:

The Island in the Sky District offers three programs daily. Geology presentations are offered at Grand View Point at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and a short ranger talk is offered daily at the visitor center at 10:30 a.m. Rangers also offer the occasional night sky program. You can find more information about those programs here.

The Needles District offers evening programs at the Squaw Flat Campground most nights of the week. Topics range from exotic plants and astronomy to cowboys and explorers; most programs last about one hour.

The Maze District offers guided hikes in Horseshoe Canyon most weekends during spring and fall.

Summer Program Schedule:

The Island in the Sky District offers two programs daily. A geology program is offered at 10:30 a.m. and a ranger talk on varying topics is offered at 2:30 p.m. Both programs take place at the visitor center.

The Needles District offers the occasional evening or star program. Ask at the visitor center if any programs are offered.

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