Explore the Grand Canyon in Winter

Explore the Grand Canyon in Winter

Bright Angel Trailhead

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Winter

Added by

Clare Healy

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic

If anyone tells you the spring and summer are the perfect times to visit the Grand Canyon, I encourage you to reconsider.

From snow-dusted red rocks to dramatically painted evening skies, winter brings out a side of the Grand Canyon that is rarely seen at other times of the year. Skip the massive crowds and have your choice of driving your own car from lookout point to lookout point or taking the shuttle from the west end of the South Rim to the east end. The Village Shuttle Bus (Blue Route) connects the Visitor Center / parking areas with the lodges, campground, restaurants, and shops conveniently.

Taking photos, walking the rim trail (mostly paved), and simply admiring the views are among the common activities. For the more adventurous, Bright Angel Trail and Kaibab Trail offer stunning views as you descent into the mile-deep canyon. Both trailheads are easily accessible by car or shuttle. Some highly recommended scenic points are Hermit's Rest, Hopi Point, Pipe Creek Vista, and Yaki Point, but you can't go wrong!

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $20/night

Big Sky Retreat Campsite

Williams, Arizona

From $237/night
From $52/night

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Surreal

Nothing like seeing the snow covered red rock of the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona!

Unreal

Great view, hiking the paved parts of the South Rim was super easy the views were amazing. Fun exploring parts of the canyon with no barrier and looking over the edges. Amazing view in the winter. The snow just adds to all the beauty. North Rim is usually closed in the winter but I’d love to come next time during another season and backpack into the Canyon from rim to rim.

Coming Soon!

Planning on heading this way after Christmas! If you have any advice (where to stay, places to see) let me know! Thanks!

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Winter

Added by

Clare Healy

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