South Rim Village - Ranger Programs

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

 
ranger-led hiking group on unpaved trail through reddish dirt approaching a flat area 1,120 feet or 340 meters below the canyon rim. A triangular-shaped butte appears just beyond the flat area.
Ranger-led hiking group approaching Cedar Ridge
7 am Daily
(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.
 
Grace's Warbler: small songbird on a tree branch singing. bird is black and grey color with white belly and Yellow chin, throat, and breast.
Grace's Warbler (NPS/Jamie Scott)

8:30 – 10:30 am Daily
(Park Headquarters)
Nature Walk
Learn about the natural world on a 2 hour walk along the canyon rim. Topics vary and may include: animals and plants adapting to changing seasons, man's impact on nature, how nature inspires writers and poets, rare and endangered species, or American Indian use of plants and animals.

 
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 – 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.
 
Bighorn ewe sitting on a limestone ledge and looking at the camera. vertical cliff in the background
Bighorn sheep ewe

12:30 – 12:50 pm Daily
(El Tovar Porch)
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.

 
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.

 
SANTA FE ENGINE 1251 W/ PASSENGER TRAIN BY GRAND CANYON DEPOT, TRAIN & STATION CREW POSING IN FRONT OF LOCOMOTIVE. CIRCA 1915
Locomotive at Grand Canyon Depot - Circa 1915

2:30 – 2:50 pm Daily
(Train Depot)
Canyon Tales
For thousands of years, humans have been part of Grand Canyon. Join a park ranger to hear stories of humankind’s enduring relationship with the canyon.

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

3:30 – 4:15 pm Daily
(Yavapai Geology Museum)
Geology Walk
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)

4:30 – 4:50 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 – 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

Starts between 8 - 9 pm Daily - Current schedule below.
(This 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:
June 10 - June 24, 2017


Saturday, June 10
Edge Of Understanding: The Inspiring Geologic Complexity Of Grand Canyon
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Sunday, June 11
So What Next: Surviving The Apocalpyse At Grand Canyon
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Monday, June 12
Stories In Stone: Petroglyphs And Pictographs
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 13
Grand Canyon Village: National Park Service Laboratory
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 14
How Wild Is Too Wild?
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Thursday, June 15
Exploring Grand Canyon With Your Five Senses
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Friday, June 16
Edge Of Understanding: The Inspiring Geologic Complexity Of Grand Canyon
McKee Amphitheater
8:30 pm

Saturday, June17 - Saturday, June 24
Grand Canyon Star Party 2017:
Join us at Grand Canyon Visitor Center for the 27th annual Grand Canyon Star Party!
Celebrate the precious dark night skies of Grand Canyon National Park through evenings of stargazing and telescope viewing!

  • Free telescope viewing behind the Grand Canyon Visitor Center starting at 8 pm every night.
  • Constellation programs every night at 9 pm, 9:30 pm, and 10 pm. Meet behind Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
  • Limited-capacity theater presentation every night. Doors open at 7:40 pm. Presentation starts at 8 pm.
  • Free and accessible.
  • Dress warm.
  • Blue shuttle bus runs until 11 pm.
  • Check at visitor centers or visit our Star Party webpage for more details..

Grand Canyon Visitor Center
8:00 pm

June 10 - 24, 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: June 11, 2017

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

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