Park Ranger Programs

Photo sequence showing several Grand Canyon Rangers.

Grand Canyon Ranger Programs

Winter South Rim Ranger Programs
December 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016
The North Rim is closed for the Winter.

All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.

Winter months at Grand Canyon may bring snow and a variety of weather conditions. You may encounter icy walkways and trails. Please dress for the weather and consider over-the-shoe traction devices for your comfort and safety.

Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs. All programs are free of charge.

 
Sunset light in Grand Canyon seen from Kolb Studio. Historic photo of the brothers is superimposed on the right.

Pioneer photographers, Emery and Ellsworth Kolb

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Daily
(Kolb Studio)
Kolb Studio Tour
Step back in time and delve into the lives of the Kolb brothers as you tour their 1904 home and photography studio that descends five levels into the canyon. Limited to 15 participants. Register at Kolb Studio for the tour prior to that day's program or by calling 928-638-2771.
 
Two people looking out across a cloud inversion that is filling Grand Canyon

Looking out across a total cloud inversion filling Grand Canyon

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Daily
(Verkamp's Visitor Center)
Grand Canyon Stories
Explore the many wonders Grand Canyon offers. From geology, to history, to ecology, the stories and views are endless during this leisurely walk along the rim. Topics vary. Accessible.
 
Various rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

Rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Daily
(Yavapai Geology Museum)
Geology Glimpse
Learn how Grand Canyon formed while exploring Yavapai Geology Museum during this short introductory talk. Perfect for Junior Rangers. Accessible. Consider walking the Trail of Time following the program.

 
Two people looking out across a cloud inversion that is filling Grand Canyon

Looking out across a total cloud inversion filling Grand Canyon

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Daily
(Verkamp's Visitor Center)
Grand Canyon Stories
Explore the many wonders Grand Canyon offers. From geology, to history, to ecology, the stories and views are endless during this leisurely walk along the rim. Topics vary. Accessible.
 
Various rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

Rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Daily
(Yavapai Geology Museum)
Geology Glimpse
Learn how Grand Canyon formed while exploring Yavapai Geology Museum during this short introductory talk. Perfect for Junior Rangers. Accessible. Consider walking the Trail of Time following the program.

 
 

Here's the South Rim
Ranger Program/ Shuttle Bus Schedule
Available at Visitor Centers in the park

South Rim - Winter 2015-2016 Schedules
(1 pages, 42 kb PDF)
December 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016
Grand Canyon South Rim Village

 
Thumbnails of 3 new publications: South Rim Guide Map and Services pocket map. Winter Ranger Program/Shuttle Bus schedule card, and new Backcountry Hiking brochure

Left to right: 1) South Rim Guide Map and Services pocket map, 2) Winter Ranger Program/Shuttle Bus schedule card, and 3) Introduction to Backcountry Hiking brochure

On December 1, 2015, the Grand Canyon Guide Newspaper was discontinued.

In place of the newspaper, download the South Rim Guide Map and Services pocket map, The Park Ranger Program and Free Shuttle Bus schedule, and the Backcountry Hiking/Camping brochure, for current hours of operation, schedules and general info.

 
Perched on the rim to the right of Grand Canyon stands the Desert View Watchtower, against a deep blue sky.

The Watchtower was designed by architect, Mary Colter, in 1931

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
Desert View Watchtower Tour
Join a free Ranger-led program discussing the art and architecture of the Desert View Watchtower, a National Historic Landmark. The tours meet at the front entrance to the tower.

Desert View is located 25 miles/ 41 km east of Grand Canyon Village, near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park.

 

Planning to visit the North Rim in 2016?
The North Rim has a short season that will run from May 15, through October 15, 2016
The 2016 North Rim Ranger Program Schedule will be published during the spring of 2016. Until then, the 2015 schedule is available and describes the type of programs that are typically presented.

North Rim
- 2015 Season Program Schedule
(2 pages, 250 kb PDF)
May 15 through October 15, 2015
 
 
Cell Phone Audio Tour Logo

Your phone provides a fun way to learn more about the Park. Listen to park rangers give 2 minute audio tours at various points of interest on the South Rim, from Hermit Road to Yaki Point, and the North Rim. Learn more...

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