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 - 9:30 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:
August 19 through September 2, 2017


Saturday, August 19
Exploring Grand Canyon With your Five Senses
McKee Ampthitheater 8:30 pm

Sunday, August 20
So What Next: Surviving the Apocalypse at the Grand Canyon
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Monday, August 21
Special Guest Lyle Balenquan
“Respect for Ancestral Places: A Hopi Connection to the Grand Canyon”
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 22
Special Guest Stephen Hirst
“Deep Connections: Grand Canyon’s Native American Family”
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 23
Special Guest James Rice
“From the Floor of the Grand Canyon to the Mountains of the Moon: Apollo Astronaut Geology Training”
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 24
Special Guest James Rice
“The Grand Canyons of Arizona and Mars”
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Friday, August 25
Special Guest Susie Verkamp
“Growing Up on the Rim: Verkamp Family Stories”
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 26
Special Guest Kevin Fedarko
“Between the River and the Rim: Hiking the Length of the Grand Canyon”
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 27
Grand Canyon in G Major: Songbirds from Rim to River
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Monday, August 28
Fire Planet
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 29
Twilight Walk
Grand Canyon Visitor Center 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 30
Grand Canyon in Depth: Explore Water, Night Skies, and Cultural Heritage Through Video and Dialogue
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 31
Exploring Grand Canyon With your Five Senses
McKee Amphitheater
8:00 pm

Friday, September 1
Shifting Perspectives: The Idea of Grand Canyon
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 2
God of Hunters: The Nature of Mountain Lions
McKee Amphitheater 8:00 pm

August 19 - September 2, 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: August 18, 2017

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Phone:

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