Park Ranger Programs - Summer 2016

 

 
Photo sequence showing several Grand Canyon Rangers.
Grand Canyon Ranger Programs
Park Ranger Programs: South Rim

All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when
lightning danger is present. Summer thunderstorms frequently occur during July, August, and early September with the potential for torrential rains, frequent lightning, and sudden flash floods.


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

 
ranger-led hiking group on unpaved trail through reddish dirt approaching Cedar Ridge, a flat area 1,120 feet or 340 meters below the canyon rim. A triangular-shaped O'Neill butte appears just beyond Cedar Ridge.
Ranger-led hiking group approaching Cedar Ridge
7 – 11 am Su, Wed, Fri.
(South Kaibab Trailhead)
Cedar Ridge Hike
Discover the canyon's beauty and natural history while descending 1,120 ft (340 m) on an unpaved trail. Strenuous hike;not recommended for people with heart or respiratory problems or difficulty walking. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and wear sturdy hiking shoes.
 
Several hikers walking along the Canyon Rim Trail with a partial view of Grand Canyon to the right of them.
Along the rim trail. Photo: Christian Schroll
8 – 10 am Tue, Sat.
(Bright Angel Trailhead Sign)
Rim View Walk
Travel the paved Rim Trail and learn about natural history and some of the critical issues facing Grand Canyon. To return, you may choose to hike back, continue on to Hermits Rest, or ride the shuttle bus.
 
Detail of several green gamble oak leaves. Some of the leaves have small holes chewed into them by insects. One acorn is visible.
Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii)
8:30 – 9:30 am Mon, Thurs.
(Visitor Center Flagpole)
Science in the Park: Life of an Oak
Experience hands-on current research and become a citizen scientist in your community.
 
Fossil of sea shell in white limestone.
Fossil of sea shell in limestone by canyon rim.
9 - 10 am Daily
(Bright Angel Trailhead sign)
Fossil Discovery Walk
Walk among brachiopods, sponges, and other marine creatures that thrived on this part of the continent 270 million years ago, before the age of the dinosaurs. This easy 1/2-mile (0.8 km) one-way walk explores an exposed fossil bed along the rim.
 
Two park rangers repairing emergency telephone in canyon. Pack mule to their right.
Park rangers repairing emergency telephone (1937)
10:00 – 10:45 am Daily
(Verkamp's Visitor Center)
History Program
For thousands of years, humans have been part of the Grand Canyon. Join a ranger to discover different stories of humankind's enduring relationship with the canyon. Topics vary daily. Programs may include a walk around the village historic district.
 
Various rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook
Rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

2:00 – 2:30 pm 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.

 
Various rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook
Rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

3:30 – 4:00 pm 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.

 
Looking at the left-facing, full-body profiles of two mule deer in a snowy landscape.
Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

4 – 4:30 pm Daily
(Grand Canyon Visitor Center)
Critter Chat
Learn about some of Grand Canyon's diverse wild inhabitants who survive here in this place of extreme changes in elevation, exposure, and climate.

 
California condor has turned her pink, featherless head and is looking directly at you.
California condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
5:00 – 5:45 pm Daily
(Village Amphitheater)
Condor Talk
What highly endangered bird with a 9-foot wingspan is often spotted at Grand Canyon? The California condor! Learn about these majestic birds and their reintroduction in northern Arizona in a talk on the canyon's rim.. Accessible.
 
The Milky Way seen in the sky above Grand Canyon. Silhouettes of trees below
Grand Canyon's night sky

Daily
(Find times and locations at Visitor Centers)
Evening Program
Discover Grand Canyon in the evening! Explore some of the park's lesser-known stories and facts. Programs include presentations in a beautiful auditorium, campfire talks, star walks, night hikes, cemetery tours, and more.

 

 

South Rim Junior Ranger Programs
These programs for families with children ages 6-14 take place in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

 
Park Ranger behind the rim guardwall and pointing out features in the canyon with three youth listening
One of the Seven Wonders of the World
2 - 2:30 pm Daily
June 12 - September 5
(El Tovar Porch)
Natural Wonders
Discover why many people come to Grand Canyon and enjoy this truly amazing place. With the canyon edge in sight, the connection is invigorating.
 
Overview of youth playing in an open field that is partially shaded.
Great activity field surrounded by tall pines
3:30 - 4:30 pm Daily
June 12 through September 5

(Shrine of Ages - outside benches)
Way Cool Canyon
Engaging games and activities introduce children to what makes Grand Canyon a way cool park to visit. It's great to meet others and connect.
 

 
looking across a wide, open expanse of Grand Canyon on the left, with thw watchtower on the far right, perched on the edge of a steep cliff.
Grand Canyon as it appears from Desert View

Park Ranger Programs: Desert View
Return to South Rim Programs

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

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

 
In the foreground, the partial ruin wall, about three feet high. In the background, a ranger has her back to the camera and is addressing a group of 10 people who are taking her tour.
Ranger leading tour group through Tusayan Ruin
10:30 – 10:50 am Daily
(Tusayan Museum and Ruin)
Ruins Tour
Walk a flat, easy, and accessible trail. Explore how ancestral Puebloan people met their needs while creating homes at Grand Canyon.
 
looking acros round Kiva Room of Watchtower. Large picture windows around the circumfrence alternating with stone pillars that hold up a circular log roof. Flagstone floor.
Interior of Desert View Kiva Room in the Watchtower
Anytime between 12:30 and 2:30 pm Daily
(Desert View Watchtower)
Watchtower Rove
Drop by anytime between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to meet a park ranger and learn about Mary Colter and her historic Watchtower.
 
In the foreground, the partial ruin wall, about three feet high. In the background, a ranger has her back to the camera and is addressing a group of 10 people who are taking her tour.
Ranger leading tour group through Tusayan Ruin
1:30 – 1:50 pm Daily
(Tusayan Museum and Ruin)
Ruins Tour
Walk a flat, easy, and accessible trail. Explore how ancestral Puebloan people met their needs while creating homes at Grand Canyon.
 
Looking over a group of people sitting on benches listening to a park rqanger who is facing us. A round a full, green juniper tree is behind him the canyoon just beyond
Ranger giving sunset talk at Desert View
One hour before sunset Daily
(Desert View Watchtower)
Sunset Talk
60 minutes; Meet in front of Desert View Watchtower to enjoy a beautiful sunset while exploring Grand Canyon's fascinating natural and cultural resources. accessible.

Grand Canyon Sunrise/ Sunset Times and Moon Phases
 

 
On the right, a park ranger standing in front of the fireplace is talking to a number of park visitors sitting on chairs on the lodge veranda
Ranger program on the veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

Park Ranger Programs: North Rim
May 15 through October 15, 2016
Jump to South Rim Programs

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

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

 
Walking down greenway trail looking up at tall trees as sunlight filters through.
Walking along greenway through the forest
8:30 – 9:30 am
(Visitor Center Porch)
Ends on September 30
Nature Walk
Learn about the natural processes that sustain ponderosa pine and aspen forests.Start your morning with a relaxed 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk with some elevation gain and loss.
 
Aerial view looking east up the "v" shaped Transept Canyon. Bright Angel Point is on the right.
View up Transept Canyon/ Ron Chapple
10 am – 10:20 am Daily
(Visitor Center Porch)
Geo-glimpse
Learn how Grand Canyon formed during this short introductory talk. Perfect for Junior Rangers. Accessible.
 
Large group of lodge employees posing by the front entrance.
Grand Canyon Lodge Employees, July 1930
11:30 am – 11:50 pm Daily
(Grand Canyon Lodge sunroom)
Flashback
Step back in time as a park ranger introduces you to a remnant of North Rim history. Wheelchair accessible
 
View north over the green Colorado River in foreground over eroded slopes towards the North Rim.
Colorado River view towards North Rim/ Ron Chapple
3 pm – 3:40 pm Daily
(Grand Canyon Lodge veranda)
Grand Canyon Geology
Why is Grand Canyon here and not in your backyard? Enjoy a park ranger talk and then test your new skills with a short, optional stroll to Bright Angel Point. Program is wheelchair accessible but Bright Angel Point is not easily accessed by wheelchairs.
 
California condor has turned her pink, featherless head and is looking directly at you.
California condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
4:30 pm – 5:10 pm Daily
(Grand Canyon Lodge Veranda)
Condor Talk
What has a 9-foot (2.7 m) wingspan and a face only a mother could love? The California condor. Come discover their life and death story and the science that saved this incredible bird. Family-friendly program. Wheelchair accessible.
 
black and white photo of a group of people gathered around a campfire under tall pine trees.
Gathered around the campfire
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm Daily
(North Rim Campground Amphitheater)
Ends on September 30
Campfire Talk
Learn about a fascinating aspect of Grand Canyon's story. Topics posted in the campground, lodge, and visitor center. Family-friendly program. Wheelchair accessible.
 
view looking past rows of folding chairs towards the stage of Grand Canyon Lodge's Auditorium.
Grand Canyon Lodge Auditorium
8:30 pm – 9:15 pm Daily
(Grand Canyon Lodge auditorium)
Evening Program
A variety of programs explore the scenic, scientific, and cultural aspects of this special landscape. Nightly topics posted in the lodge, visitor center, and campground. Bring your questions and arrive 15 minutes early for an "Ask a park ranger" discussion.
 
Additional programs such as archaeology talks and guided hikes may be offered as staffing allows. Check the North Rim Visitor Center for a full listing.
 
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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888
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