A Family Affair: Vacationing in Grand Canyon National Park

Park-Led Programs at the Grand Canyon
By Teresa Bitler
  |  Gorp.com
Aerial view of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Aerial view of the Grand Canyon, Arizona (Michael Busselle/Digital Vision)

Free ranger-led hikes, talks, and activities are a great way to learn more about the Grand Canyon. If you have older children (ages six to 14), consider the Discovery Pack program that allows families to check out a pack with binoculars, a hand lens, and field guides for the day. During the summer, the park offers special family programs including story time for younger children.

Junior Ranger Programs
Anyone four or older can become a Junior Ranger at the Grand Canyon by completing an age-appropriate activity book and attending at least one ranger-led program. Visitors that hike or ride mules down the canyon are also eligible for a Phantom Ranch badge. Discovery Pack and Adventure Hike badges can be earned as well. 

Grand Canyon Field Institute
The Grand Canyon Field Institute conducts single- and multi-day courses, many of which are appropriate for families. Offerings include field seminars, “lodge and learn” packages, hikes, camping, and even whitewater rafting.

Published: 16 Jul 2012 | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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