South Rim Village - Ranger Programs

A crowd of people on Mather Point at sunset.
 
Park Ranger Programs: South Rim Village - Late Summer/Early Fall 2017

All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present. Summer thunderstorms frequently can occur through 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.

Visitor Center, Information Desk and Museum Hours

 
Fossil of sea shell in limestone by canyon rim. Shape colored by orange lichen
Fossil Brachiopod
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)
10:30 – 11:15 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.
 
Zone Tail Hawk flying overhead against a blue sky
Zone Tail Hawk NPS/Jamie Scott
10:45 - 11:15 am Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon. through October 31.
(Yaki Point with HawkWatch International)
To access Yaki Point, take the free Orange Route Shuttle Bus from the Visitor Center. (Yaki Point is closed to private vehicles.)
Raptors in Flight
Come hawk watch with us! Learn how to identify raptors. Help observe and record species, sex, age, color morph and behaviors of seasonal migrant raptors.
 
Various rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook
Rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

2 – 2:20 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.

 
Zone Tail Hawk flying overhead against a blue sky
Zone Tail Hawk NPS/Jamie Scott
2:30 - 3 pm Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, through October 31.
(Yaki Point with HawkWatch International)
To access Yaki Point, take the free Orange Route Shuttle Bus from the Visitor Center.
(Yaki Point is closed to private vehicles.)
Raptors in Flight
Come hawk watch with us! Learn how to identify raptors. Help observe and record species, sex, age, color morph and behaviors of seasonal migrant raptors.
 
Various rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook
Rock strata as seen from the Abyss overlook

3:30 – 3:50 pm Daily
(Yavapai Geology Museum)
Geology Glimpse
Discover Grand Canyon's amazing geologic story. Why is it so deep, wide, and grand? Why does it exist only here and nowhere else in the world?

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

4 – 4:20 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.

 
The Milky Way seen in the sky above Grand Canyon. Silhouettes of trees below
Grand Canyon's night sky

Evening Program
Discover Grand Canyon in the evening! Explore some of the park's lesser-known stories and facts. Programs may include presentations in a beautiful auditorium, star walks, night hikes, cemetery tours, and more.

Programs start between 5:15 and 7:30 pm Daily - Current schedule below.

 

South Rim Village Evening Ranger Program Schedule:
October 14, through October 28, 2017

(This schedule is subject to change. Check at Visitor Centers to confirm times and locations)

Saturday, Oct. 14
Constellations Over the Canyon: Astronomy Talk
Grand Canyon Visitor Center - 7:30 pm
Outdoor Program: Dress Warm! Weather Dependent. Accessible.

Sunday, Oct. 15
Endangered Waters: The Colorado River And The Southwest
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Monday, Oct. 16
How Wild Is Too Wild?
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Grand Canyon Illustrated: An Art History
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Exploring Grand Canyon With your Five Senses
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 19
Caves in the Grand Canyon
Park Headquarters - 5:00 pm
This is an outdoor program, dress warmly and be prepared for a one mile walk.

Friday, Oct. 20
Constellations Over the Canyon: Astronomy Talk
Grand Canyon Visitor Center - 7:30 pm
Outdoor Program: Dress Warm! Weather Dependent. Accessible.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Shifting Perspectives: The Idea of Grand Canyon
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Sunday, Oct. 22
Endangered Waters: The Colorado River And The Southwest
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Monday, Oct. 23
So What Next: Surviving the Apocalypse at the Grand Canyon
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Fire Planet
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Grand Canyon in Depth: Explore Water and Night Skies Through Video and Dialogue
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 26
Exploring Grand Canyon With your Five Senses
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

Friday, Oct. 27
Caves in the Grand Canyon
Park Headquarters - 5:00 pm
This is an outdoor program, dress warmly and be prepared for a one mile walk.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Shifting Perspectives: The Idea of Grand Canyon
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium - 7:30 pm

October 14 - October 28, 2017
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon


Evening Programs at McKee Amphitheater and Grand Canyon Visitor Center are outdoors. Bring a flashlight and dress for cooler night-time temperatures.

 

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Last updated: October 15, 2017

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