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Grand Canyon Kolb Studio

On Your Next Trip to GCNP Be Sure To Visit The Kolb Studio

A Family Home and Photography Studio

Kolb Studio appears to be just an old house perched on the rim of the canyon. However, if you step inside, or see it from Bright Angel Trail on your hike out of the canyon, you get the sense it is much more than that.

This is the Victorian-era home of the Kolb Brothers, who created a lasting legacy of adventure, exploration, family love, and amazing Grand Canyon photography that will last as long as the canyon itself.

The Family

• Emery (a young photographer) and Ellsworth (a budding adventurer) put Grand Canyon on the tourist map.

• The brothers filmed the first ever moving picture of the mighty Colorado and performed stunning and death-defying photography stunts, just to show the magnificence of Grand Canyon.

• The Kolb family created a business on the edge (quite literally).

• They built a home, a life, and family in the very studio that is used to show artwork today.

A National Icon

Photographers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb helped turn the Grand Canyon into a national icon. They built Kolb Studio, one of the earliest tourist destinations on the South Rim. The brothers began to take photographs of the mule riders from a small toll shack on the Bright Angel Trail. The toll shack would later become today's five story home, theater and photo studio built right on the edge of the canyon! The studio was used to document the trips of visitors and create imagery of Grand Canyon for 75 years.

The Kolb Studio is preserved on the edge of the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, having once been the home and photography studio of the Amazing Kolb Brothers. The Kolb Brothers brought the beauty and adventure of the Grand Canyon into millions of people's hearts and minds through their photography, back when a photograph was hard to come by. Take a "Minute Out In It" to listen to excerpts of The Grand Canyon Film Show as narrated by Emery Kolb himself. And be sure to visit the Kolb Studio on your next visit to Grand Canyon National Park! Video by NPS R/Lane.

Trip Details

• Learn about the wonders of the Kolb Family from an experienced, expert guide

• Walk through the home of Emery, Blanche, Edith, Ellsworth and family

• Expect to see sweeping views of the canyon from a home on the edge

• Learn about the fascinating history of private entrepreneurship and art at Grand Canyon

• Grab some of the best photos of your vacation


Your group will meet our guide in the gallery of Kolb Studio, where we will weave the stories of the Kolb family into our behind-the-scenes tour. Very few people ever get a chance to visit the rooms throughout this once-private home. You'll get a glimpse of what it was like to live on the rim of Grand Canyon in the early part of the 20th Century.

Meet Location: Gallery (downstairs) of Kolb Studio

Time: 9:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. | 60 minutes (one hour)

End location: Kolb Studio

What's Included

Price for the class includes the following:

• Our expert instructor.

• Behind the scenes access to the lower stories of Kolb Family Home

• Instructions on best places to park

What's Not Included

You are responsible for the following:

• Being on time (once the tour group has gone behind the residence tours, we cannot allow access)

• Reading, understanding, and signing the Assumption of Risk Form before the start of your tour

• Transportation to and from the Canyon

• Guide gratuity (industry recommendation 15-20% of trip cost)

Additional Notes

Where should you stay?

• Xanterra Parks & Resorts

• Yavapai Lodge

Participants should come seasonally prepared and be enthusiastic about outdoor exploration. We do not cancel or transfer tour dates for weather events.

Cancellation Policy

• If tickets are cancelled after 24 hours prior the start of your tour, all fees are forfeited.

• If tickets are cancelled before 24 hours to the start of your tour, a $10 per ticket processing fee is forfeited.

• Participants who do not show up for the appointed tour time will receive no refund or tour transfer.

• Participants who are not able to make it to the tour before the residence doors are closed-- forfeit all funds and the ability


The Zelkovic Family

"Our day with the Field Institute exceeded all our expectations and we came away with a great respect for the canyon and for the work of the Conservancy. It was such a wonderful experience from beginning to end and hope we can return.

The Jankowskis

"Our family's experience was nothing short of amazing! Slim (our guide) provided a perspective we would have never been able to get on our own and we learned so much. Her passion for the canyon and what she does came through too, which made our time something we'll never forget!"

Amy Waits

"The guides were awesome – so educational and patient!!! Encouraging & helpful in every way. Such an amazing first visit to the canyon – Life changing to have experienced the GC up close & personal... Thank you so much!"

Joe Sweeney

"I've brought many school groups to the Field Institute and the quality of instruction provides them with an understanding of Indigenous cultures, diverse ecology, and geologic history. Students leave with a stronger sense of self-confidence, an intimate connection to nature, and memories that will last a lifetime."

Andy M.

"Top to bottom, the Field Institute exceeded all of my expectations .... they ensured we packed wisely for our trip and saved me from lugging around 5 lbs. of junk I didn't need. Overall, it's packed with value that I don't think commercial outfitters would provide and delivered a deeply rich experience."

The Conservancy

Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official philanthropic and collaborative partner of Grand Canyon National Park. Our mission is to inspire generations of park champions to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon. Your annual membership makes this work possible.


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