South Rim Village - Ranger Programs

A crowd of people on Mather Point at sunset.
a large room with high ceilings and exhibits and maps on the walls. standing behind a curved desk, a park ranger is answering visitor questions.
The South Rim Visitor Center is open between 10 am and 4 pm daily. Rangers are available at the information desk to answer any questions you may have.

Visitor Center Hours

  • Face masks are required inside park buildings when Coconino County CDC Community level is HIGH. Check the alert at the top of the page for our current status.
  • Trip planning and hiking information is also available through signs and exhibits outside of the building — and at other key locations throughout the park.
  • The best way to find out about the programs and events taking place during your visit is to check the Park's Calendar when you arrive.
A park ranger is giving a program outdoors and interacting with visitors who are wearing winter clothes and hats.
The Ranger's Choice program may be given indoors or outside, depending upon the weather.


3 pm Ranger Program

Join us for a surprise ranger program. Topics change daily. Come curious, leave inspired! Meet inside the Visitor Center at 3 pm. The ranger will make an announcement and assemble the group. The program will be presented indoors or outside, depending upon the weather. Duration: 30 minutes. Presented daily, through March 25, 2023.

Some of our recent presentations have featured talks about: Geology, Wildlife, History, Grand Canyon's Trails, Astronomy, and California Condors —to name a few.


Additional Things to Know

All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs.
  • All programs are Free of Charge.

To manage the continuing threat of COVID-19, the following safety precautions are in place:

  • Social distancing is suggested, between separate families/traveling groups.
  • If you are experiencing a dry cough, fever over 100.4º F or diffculty breathing, please do not attend ranger programs.

Related Information


Ranger Program Videos

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4 minutes, 10 seconds

Have you ever wondered how the Grand Canyon was formed and why it is found here in Northern Arizona? To understand the formation of the canyon, there is a simple way to remember how it was shaped over time. All you have to remember are the letters D U D E or dude. The letters stand for: Deposition, Uplift, Down cutting and Erosion.

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11 minutes, 47 seconds

Ranger-led walking tour from Bright Angel Trailhead to Maricopa Point with Ranger Dave.

Last updated: January 29, 2023

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