Place

Yavapai Geology Museum

A rustic stone building with large windows on the edge of a cliff overlooking a canyon.
Perched on the rim, Yavapai Geology Museum helps one gain an understanding of how the canyon formed.

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Quick Facts
Location:
South Rim
Significance:
Museum and Observation Station

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Hours of Operation

Open daily: 8 am to 7 pm

Perched right on the very edge of the canyon rim at Yavapai Point, Yavapai Geology Museum offers one of the best vantage points for an overview of Grand Canyon geology. 

The Museum Features:

  • Bookstore and Museum Shop
  • Large Picture Windows for viewing the canyon
  • Exhibits (about the geology of Grand Canyon)
  • Public Restrooms in a separate building by the parking lot
 

Yavapai Geology Museum was originally built in 1928 and retains much of its historic character.

Annotated displays at the base of the panoramic windows show you where to look to see each group of rocks. A large, sculpted relief map in the center of the room provides a way to get acquainted with the shape of the canyon and where its various landmarks are relative to one another.

You can walk between rock column models of the North and South Rims, learn the names of the various rock layers, discover information about the geologic history recorded in the rocks, and visualize the carving of the modern landscape.

The Grand Canyon Conservancy operates a Park Store in the building which sells books, souvenirs, and gifts. Restrooms and a water fountain are located in a separate building adjacent to the parking lot.

The Trail of Time, the world's largest outdoor geoscience exhibit, starts just 650 feet (198 m) to the west of the museum along the Rim Trail.

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: March 5, 2023