Summer 2019 - Junior Ranger Family Programs

  • If you're working to earn a Junior Ranger Badge on the North or South Rim you must attend one ranger-led activity in order to fulfill your requirements.
  • You may attend any ranger program to finish your book. View schedules of current ranger-led programs - by location.
  • During summer months, in Grand Canyon Village, on the South Rim, special family friendly programs are offered with youth and Junior Rangers in mind. The 2019 Program Schedule is shown below:
Park ranger leading a family group down an unpaved trail with trees in the background
Park ranger leading a group of hikers into Grand Canyon

9 - 11 am Wednesday and Friday
(Meet at the Hermit Rest Bell)
Family Adventure Hike
Hike with a ranger below the canyon rim on the Hermit Trail. Enjoy the canyon’s beauty while learning about its rocks, fossils, plants, animals and more. Bring water, salty snacks, sunscreen, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. To arrive on time, board the free Hermits Rest shuttle bus by 8:00 am. This steep, strenuous 2-mile (3.2-km) round trip hike is not recommended for people with heart or respiratory problems, difficulty walking or extreme fear of heights.
120 Minutes. Family Friendly, Free.

A child smelling the bark of a large Ponderosa Pine tree
A child smelling the vanilla-like fragrance of a Ponderosa Pine tree

9:30 - 10:30 am Tuesday and Thursday
Meet at Shrine of the Ages, west end of Parking Lot A (meet outside at the wooden benches)
Walk on the Wild Side
Explore the wild side of Grand Canyon during this half-mile walk through the forest to the canyon’s edge. Rocky surfaces and uneven terrain; sturdy shoes are advised.

60 Minutes. Family Friendly, Free.

A park ranger in uniform outside with a colorful landscape of cliffs and peaks behind her.
The colorful Grand Canyon as seen from historic El Tovar Hotel

12:30 - 1 pm Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday
(Meet at El Tovar Hotel Canyon-side Porch)
A Natural Wonder

Discover what makes Grand Canyon so grand!

30 Minutes. Family Friendly, Free.

Behind a silhouetted Ranger is a twilight sky after sunset
Behind a silhouetted park ranger is a twilight sky after sunset.

7:30 - 8:30 pm Thursday
(Meet at Shrine of the Ages, west end of Parking Lot A - outside at the wooden benches)
Twilight Zone
Experience the “dark side” of Grand Canyon. Join a ranger-led walk and activities that will connect children to the canyon’s nocturnal world. Rocky surfaces and uneven terrain; sturdy walking shoes advised. Bring a flashlight.

60 Minutes. Family Friendly, Free.


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Last updated: July 10, 2019

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