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Grand Canyon National Park

Trail of Time exhibit plan

How do you bring geology and geologic time to life? The park partnered with the University of New Mexico to design the Trail of Time (TOT), an interpretive walking trail along the South Rim. It focuses on Grand Canyon vistas and rocks to guide visitors to ponder, explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded in Grand Canyon rock layers and landscapes. Exhibit plans for the TOT were finalized in the late summer of 2009 and the trail opened in the fall of 2010. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the TOT includes introductory portals, wayside exhibits,

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2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

rock samples, and viewing tubes. These allow park visitors to see and touch rocks from each geologic layer within the canyon – rocks otherwise only accessible to those able to hike into the depths of the canyon or to raft the Colorado River.

The rail of Time is an interpretive walking trail that focuses on Grand Canyon's vistas and rocks, encouraging visitors to ponde , explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories told by the canyon's rock layers and landscapes. Walking the trail gives park visitors a visceral appreciation for the magnitude of geologic time. NPS photos

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