Grand Canyon National Park is not only an incredible spectacle, its one of The United States’ most recognizable landmarks and the kind of family vacation that creates lifelong memories. Lately our sources have been telling us that it may just be better in winter.
The sheer popularity of the site is one of the main reasons, as winter visits to the canyon afford a peace and tranquility not available in the busier months. Helicopters and tour buses are great if you’re on them, but can interfere with the natural feel of the park for families on foot. Their absence in the winter will positively affect your experience and you’ll be able to enjoy the location more like a local than a tourist. Many nearby businesses, including hotels and lodges, also offer off-peak pricing which means your stay in the area could also be significantly cheaper.
It will also offer your family a more unique version of an experience many families get to enjoy. The weather, the lighting and the whole feel of the canyon take on a different charm in winter months, so your Grand Canyon experience will be different than many other families who have done the same. The park is conscious of the added difficulties and comfort level of the colder weather, so a free shuttle runs from the village to popular scenic vistas and visitor centers. The popular south rim is open year-round as well.
Be sure to check the operating hours and seasons to see what is available and what isn’t, as well as updates on current weather and road conditions. See the park’s Complete Guide to Winter Visits for more information.
If you’d like to learn more, visit Grand Canyon National Park’s Official Site.
Also check out our great Grand Canyon Itinerary!
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