Weekend Vacation Around Grand Canyon, Yavapai Geology Museum Photo Tours

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Jun 30, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Weekend vacation around Grand Canyon, with the Yavapai Geology Museum photo tours from Photographs from the 2007 re-dedication ceremony are posted on this page. Historic photos from may also be downloaded above. Click on a photo number and a high resolution version will appear in a new window.

Weekend Vacation Around Grand Canyon

Yavapai Geology Museum

The re-dedication ceremony took place outside the Yavapai Observation Station, located at Yavapai Point on the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park. In addition to Park Superintendent Steve Martin, featured guest speakers included Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior, and George H. Billingsley, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey.

“We are extremely excited about the renovation of Yavapai Observation Station, along with the new exhibits that tell the story of Grand Canyon’s geology,” stated Steve Martin, park superintendent. “This is but the first step, as we continue to forge opportunities for connections between our park visitors and the incredible Grand Canyon,” One of our visitor said.

Employees of Southern Custom Exhibits and Chase Design Studio carefully guide a geological column through the historic doorway of the Yavapai Observation Station on May 21, 2007. The building allows visitors to experience the grandeur of the canyon while giving them the tools to understand the geology.

Weekend Vacation Around Grand Canyon

Tusayan Museum and Ruins

Today, Tusayan Museum includes displays informing visitors about the many nearby Native American tribes with cultural connections to the Grand Canyon.

Today, exhibits cover both the archaeological and modern history of five major tribes associated with the Grand Canyon (the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Navajo, and Paiute), emphasizing their enduring, strong cultural connections to the area. One of the most significant exhibits is a display of split twig figurines dating back 2,000 to 4,000 years. Though they were not found at Tusayan Ruin itself, these figurines collected from caves in the Grand Canyon speak to the long human presence at the Grand Canyon and its use by Native Americans.

Visitors to the site can take a self-guided tour around the ruins, enjoy daily interpretive ranger talks there, or meander through the small museum. Anyone who encounters any archaeological site at the Canyon is encouraged to leave it undisturbed and report it to the National Park Service immediately so that archaeologists can document, study, and preserve it for future generations.