Stop by Verkamp's Visitor Center,
a short walk east of the El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House, the canyon's newest visitor contact station in one of its oldest buildings. At the information desk, National Park Service rangers and Grand Canyon Association staff will answer any questions you may have. From the Verkamp's Visitor Center, the Rim Trail leads to other businesses and viewpoints along the rim.
Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pioneer History Exhibits
The Verkamp's home and business was constructed in 1906, and it was open as a gift shop (that featured Grand Canyon souvenirs and Native American arts and crafts) through September 17, 2008.
Verkamp's re-opened as a visitor center on November 26, 2008. The National Park Service now owns the building and it hosts a bookstore and exhibits about the pioneer history of Grand Canyon Village. Several ranger-conducted activities start here.
This museum, general store and ranger station should be your first stop in the Grand Canyon with kids-- and not just for the clean bathrooms! :)
The rangers who work here specialize in getting YOUR KIDS involved in the grand canyon experience and offer both small classes, one one one talks and Jr. Ranger programs for your little ones to follow.
My kids have never participated in a ranger program before and so they embarked from here on their first ever quest to get a Jr. Ranger badge. The activities in their program were perfectly geared for kids age 4-12 and truly get them interested, involved and much more aware of the importance and significance of what goes on in the canyon than they would have been alone.
After the completion of their books, my kids are now officially Jr. Rangers.
Whether or not your kids are nature lovers or not (my weren't), the programs offered here help taylor your child's interest in the canyon and I highly recommend it.
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