Shrine of the Ages is a multi-purpose building used by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Conservancy, and others. It is also used to conduct religious services and may be rented for private functions, including wedding ceremonies, by obtaining a park Special Use Permit. More about Special Use Permits.
Ranger Programs and Special Activities
Frequently, during spring and fall months, and occasionally during the winter, nightly Evening Programs are held inside Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. Programs offer an opportunity to learn about a variety of Grand Canyon resources.
Topics that park rangers may discuss include: geology, human history, wildlife, night sky, water resources, rock art, canyon hiking, and more. More about this season's South Rim Ranger Programs...
Special activities are also held in the Shrine. Events may include lectures, concerts, and demonstrations by visiting scientists, artists, and musicians. Programs are open to the community and the general public.
The free Village Route Shuttle (blue line on map below) has both a westbound and eastbound stop in front of the Shrine of the Ages. It can be accessed by private vehicle using Parking Lot A. It is within walking distance of Market Plaza, Mather Campground, Trailer Village, and Yavapai Lodge .
A Special Use Permit is required to use the Building
The National Park Service took over ownership of the building in 1975, along with all maintenance, operational and administrative duties. Today various organizations use the building, as can anyone who qualifies for a Special Use Permit.
The Shrine of the Ages sees many activities, including the annual Grand Canyon Music Festival, Celebrate Wildlife Day, and Hiker’s Symposium. The National Park Service uses the building for office space, training, special events, and ranger programs, including the daily Evening Program from October through April. And of course, the building continues to be used for some religious services.
Last updated: July 25, 2023