For those traveling with children, the Grand Canyon offers an array of family-friend activities. A favorite is the complimentary Be A Junior Ranger Program. The program allows kids to learn about the Grand Canyon and how to preserve nature in order to teach others back home. Once the child meets the requirements, they are sworn in as a Grand Canyon National Park Junior Ranger. There are different programs depending on the age of the child, but some of the activities include writing down observations at the park, composing poems and taking part in special Ranger-led excursions. During the summer, the program expands to help families learn even more about the park’s geology, archeology, animal tracking, astronomy and how to be a naturalist guide.
Bird-watching is another one of the fun Grand Canyon activities for families, as well as a great way to make a scenic hike more interesting. This activity is usually enjoyed on the South Rim, where you can try to spot over 300 species of birds. Keep your eyes open for Kestrels, Hawks, Bald Eagles, Spotted Owls, Peregrine Falcons and the California Condor, one of the rarest birds in the world.
If your family is tired after a long day of exploring the Grand Canyon, head to The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, located one mile south of the park entrance, to cool off in their indoor swimming pool, which is open to guests as well as non-guests during low occupancy. Additionally, the Best Western Squire Inn features the area’s largest arcade room as well as a six-lane bowling alley, which is open to both guests and non-guests.