South Rim Village - Ranger Programs

A crowd of people on Mather Point at sunset.
 
Daily Spring 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.

Visitor Center, Information Desk and Museum Hours

 
Fossil of sea shell in limestone by canyon rim.
See marine fossils like these on our Fossil Walk
9 – 10 am Daily
(Bright Angel Trailhead)
Fossil 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 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.
 
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 – 1:20 pm Daily
(Verkamp's Visitor Center)
Canyon Tales
Enjoy captivating stories about diverse human connections to this landscape.
Accessible. 20 min. Perfect for Junior Rangers. Accessible. Consider walking 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 – 2:30 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
Gain quick insight into 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

Special Events and Evening Programs

Programs may include presentations in a beautiful auditorium, star walks, night hikes, cemetery tours, and more.

 

South Rim Village Evening Ranger Program Schedule:

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

Saturday, Apr. 14
Ancient Skies
Explore how indigenous peoples of the canyon use the landscape as a palette to understand the workings of the sun, moon and stars.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm
Indoor Program

Sunday, Apr. 15
Constellations Over The Canyon
Explore the beauty, mythology, and science of the constellations underneath one of the darkest night sky sanctuaries on Earth..
Meet at: Grand Canyon Visitor Center - 8:00 pm
Outdoor Program: Dress Warm!
Weather Dependent. Accessible.

Monday, Apr. 16
Endangered Waters
Learn why the Colorado River is endangered and explore our past and present connection to water.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Apr. 17
It All Falls Down
Journey through landslides and mass movements to discover how they impact the human experience at Grand Canyon.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Apr. 18
An Evening with Blanche Kolb
Blanche Kolb comes to life to share stories of the amazing Kolb Brothers, the dynamic photography duo of Grand Canyon’s past.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm

Thursday, Apr. 19
National Park Service Workshop
Grand Canyon Village was part of a national conversation about how to treat special places. Explore NPS purpose past and present.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm

Friday, Apr. 20
God of Hunters
Discover the elusive mountain lion and what makes this animal the top predator of Grand Canyon.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm

Saturday, Apr. 21
Endangered Waters
Learn why the Colorado River is endangered and explore our past and present connection to water.
Meet at: Shrine of the Ages - 7:30 pm


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U.S. Department of the Interior
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
 

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Last updated: April 14, 2018

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

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