Explore the Grand Canyon in Winter
Arizona › Bright Angel Trailhead
Added by Clare Healy
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!
- Clothes for layering
- Athletic or hiking shoes
- Crampons for hiking (If snow is forecasted)
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If you've been during the summer...
...make your way back during the winter. The snowy landscape adds a whole different element to the Grand Canyon that is an experience unto itself. If you're brave bring yak traks and hike down some of the frozen Bright Angel trail. Good luck making your way back to the top.
We have explored the Grand Canyon both in the summer and winter. If your not afraid of the cold weather definitely go in the winter season! The snow adds a whole new dimension to the red rock. There was also fewer people and you can drive the whole route in your car during the winter season.
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