Grand Canyon In Snow

January 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Grand Canyon South Rim in WinterGrand Canyon South Rim in WinterA view down into the Canyon from the upper Bright Angel Trail just below the South Rim.

Many visitors to Grand Canyon National Park are unaware of the beauty it portrays in the snow. Not only are the crowds far lighter, but the road out to Hermits Rest is open to the public, unlike the rest of the year when you must take one of the free shuttle buses. That allows you to visit all the Hermit Road overlooks whenever you want, in you own vehicle, without standing freezing at the bus stop.

The South Rim averages about 7,000 feet (2,134 m) in elevation, the same as Flagstaff, the nearest small mountain city 90 miles away. That can mean a lot of snow in the middle of winter. If you get the chance to go to Grand Canyon at that time of year, do it.

Just don't plan on also visiting the North Rim. It is about 1,000 feet higher, much more remote, and so is closed to the public in winter, until May 15.

Photo location: Upper Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

© Copyright 2017 Stephen J. Krieg

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