South Rim Village - Ranger Programs

A crowd of people on Mather Point at sunset.
 
Summer 2019 Schedule - 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.

 
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.
Group of hikers walking down the trail towards Cedar Ridge, O'Neil Butte towering in the background.
7 am Daily
(Meet at South Kaibab Trailhead)
Guided Cedar Ridge Hike
A moderate 3 mile (4.8 km) roundtrip hike on an unpaved trail. Allow 4 hours. Minimum 2 liters of water per person. Bring salty snacks, sunscreen, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Discover the canyon's beauty and natural history while descending 1,120 ft (340 m). Not recommended for people with heart or respiratory problems, or difficulty walking.

Ride the free Kaibab/Rim Route shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the trailhead. (The trailhead is closed to private vehicles.)
 
Fossil of sea shell in white limestone, highlighted by orange lichen growing near shell ribs.
See marine fossils like these on our Fossil Walk
9 - 10 am Daily
(Meet at 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.
 
Bighorn ewe sitting on a limestone ledge and looking at the camera. vertical cliff in the background
A bighorn ewe
9:30 am – 9:50 am Daily
(Meet at 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. Family-friendly program. Accessible. Family friendly.

 
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
(Meet at Verkamp’s Visitor Center)
History Walk
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. Accessible. Easy walk.

 
Black and White historic photo of a man and a woman posing on horseback on a trail inside a canyon
On Bright Angel Trail, 1905

1:30 – 1:50 pm Daily
(Meet at Verkamp’s Visitor Center)
Canyon Tales
Join a park ranger to hear captivating stories about diverse human connections to this canyon. Accessible. 20 min. Perfect for Junior Rangers. Consider taking a walk along the Canyon Rim Trail following the program.

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

2 - 2:20 pm Daily
(Meet at 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.

 
Several people walking along a paved footpath with signs and exhibits along the rim of a colorful canyon.
Outdoor geology exhibits along the Trail of Time

3:30 - 4:15 pm Daily
(Meet at Yavapai Geology Museum)
Geology Walk
Learn how Grand Canyon formed while exploring Yavapai Geology Museum during this short introductory talk. Why is it so deep, wide, and grand? Why does it exist only here and nowhere else in the world? Perfect for Junior Rangers. Accessible. Consider walking the Trail of Time following the program.

 
California condor has turned her pink, featherless head and is staring directly at you.

5 – 5:45 pm Daily
(Meet at Village Amphitheater - Located on the Rim Trail west of El Tovar Hotel.)
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.

 
[Image: a thick blanket of dark clouds parting as sunlight highlights colorful peaks and cliffs within a vast canyon landscape.]
View of Zoroaster Temple from Yavapai Point

6:30 - 7 pm Daily
(Meet at Mather Amphitheater - located on the Rim Trail east of Mather Point)
Ranger Rendezvous
Discover Grand Canyon in the evening! Explore some of the park's lesser-known stories and facts. Perfect for Junior Rangers. Accessible.

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

Special Events and Evening Programs
During summer, evening programs are offered nightly.
Programs may include presentations in a beautiful auditorium or outdoor amphitheater, star walks, night hikes, cemetery tours, and more.

Upon arrival in the park, check visitor centers for more information.
In addition: view our 2019 schedule of special events and exhibits.

 

South Rim Village Evening Ranger Program Schedule: August 17 - August 24, 2019

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

Saturday, August 17
Echoes from the Canyon
Join historic characters from Grand Canyon’s past as they come to life and share their stories about life on the rim.
Meet at Shrine of the Ages - 8:00 pm
This special evening program is part of Grand Canyon's history festival, Echoes in the Canyon.

Sunday, August 18
Echoes from the Canyon
Join historic characters from Grand Canyon’s past as they come to life and share their stories about life on the rim.
Meet at Shrine of the Ages - 8:00 pm
This special evening program is part of Grand Canyon's history festival, Echoes in the Canyon.

Monday, August 19
Night Skies at Grand Canyon
Tour the constellations at one of the world's newest dark night sky sanctuaries.
Outdoor Program. Dress Warmly. Weather Dependent.
Meet at Grand Canyon Visitor Center - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, August 20
Grand Canyon: Fact or Fiction
Explore incredible stories from Grand Canyon history. Which are fact and which are fiction? Can you tell?
Meet at McKee Amphitheater - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 21
Cool Mules
Learn how National Park Service mules keep us connected to Grand Canyon.
Meet at McKee Amphitheater - 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 22
Fossil Fever
Join park paleontologists to lean about the rich fossil legacy at Grand Canyon.
Meet at McKee Amphitheater - 8:00 pm

Friday, August 23
Ranger Reflections
Learn about the creation of the National Park Service and the different ways our public lands have inspired park rangers.
Meet at McKee Amphitheater - 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 24
1,000 Days of Exploration
Join adventurer and canyoneer Rich Rudow as he shares stories, photographs, and timelapse videos of Grand Canyon’s stunning and seldom seen places.
Meet at McKee Amphitheater - 8:00 pm
 

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Grand Canyon National Park is 100 Years Old!

Learn about Birthday Events throughout 2019

https://www.nps.gov/grca/getinvolved/2019-centennial-events.htm

Last updated: August 17, 2019

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