South Rim Village - Ranger Programs

A crowd of people on Mather Point at sunset.
 
Park Ranger Programs: South Rim Village

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 – 11 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 – 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 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.

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

8 - 9 pm Daily - Astronomy programs often start later.
(Schedule is subject to change. Check at Visitor Centers to confirm times and locations)

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.

 

South Rim Village Evening Ranger Program Schedule:
May 13 through May 27, 2017


Saturday, May 13
Exploring Grand Canyon With Your Five Senses
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Sunday, May 14
Endangered Waters: The Colorado River And The Southwest
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Monday, May 15
Edge Of Understanding: The Inspiring Geologic Complexity Of Grand Canyon
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Tuesday, May 16
Canyon In G Major: Songbirds From Rim To River
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Wednesday, May 17
Stories In Stone
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Thursday, May 18
Grand Canyon Village: National Park Service Laboratory
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Friday, May 19
Exploring Grand Canyon With Your Five Senses
McKee Amphitheater
8 pm

Saturday, May 20
Constellations Over The Canyon: Astronomy Talk
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
8:30 pm

Sunday, May 21
Endangered Waters: The Colorado River And The Southwest
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Monday, May 22
Fire Planet
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Tuesday, May 23
Canyon In G Major: Songbirds From Rim To River
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Wednesday, May 24
Grand Canyon Village: National Park Service Laboratory
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Thursday, May 25
How Wild Is Too Wild?
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium
8 pm

Friday, May 26
Constellations Over The Canyon: Astronomy Talk
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
8:30 pm

Saturday, May 27
Edge Of Understanding: The Inspiring Geologic Complexity Of Grand Canyon
McKee Amphitheater
8 pm


May 13 through 27, 2017
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, AZ

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

 

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888

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