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News Release: Living history event, "Echoes from the Canyon," returns for its 6th season for six nights

July 7, 2017


Grand Canyon, AZ- Grand Canyon National Park would like to invite the public to the 6th season of our living history event, "Echoes from the Canyon." The event will take place over two weekends in place of our nightly Evening Program this summer. 

 Guest speaker, Kern Nuttall, will present a special lecture focused on the Pioneer Cemetery on Friday, July 7 and Friday, August 4 at 8:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday of both weekends, park staff will lead cemetery tours in character at the Pioneer Cemetery. Tours start at 8:30 pm, 9 pm, and 9:30 pm. Each tour is limited to 50 people, and free tickets will be available at the Shrine of the Ages beginning at 7:30 pm. Other events will take place in the Shrine of the Ages each Saturday (July 8 and August 5) and Sunday (July 9 and August 6) evening from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm. Check at local hotels and visitor centers for the Evening Program flier for specific program details for each day.

The Grand Canyon is known throughout the world for being a geological marvel, but it also has a rich human history as well. Some people have been lucky enough to be a part of shaping its story into a National Park. Native Americans have held strong connections with this landscape for thousands of years and continue those connections to this day. The first non-indigenous explorers were first drawn to the canyon 145 years ago. Since then, many people continued to come for various reasons. 


Some stayed to mine the canyon and reap its rewards. A handful of scientists and artists paired up to document its beauty, and their published findings attracted the masses. Quickly, businessmen learned that it was easier to mine the pockets of tourists than the canyon, and soon, a small few realized that even this rugged environment needed protecting from ourselves. Join us as park rangers get into costume and become more than ten influential characters from Grand Canyon's past.



Grand Canyon National Park, located in northern Arizona, encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site. The National Park Service cares for the special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.