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Guide to Visiting the Grand Canyon's South Rim in Winter

http://www.scenic,com/ | Visiting the Grand Canyon is not limited to the summer months. Visitors enjoy spectacular views of the snow-dusted canyon and fewer crowds in the winter months. Explore wintertime activities for the whole family.

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Guide to Visiting the Grand Canyon's South Rim in Winter

  1. 1. The Grand Canyon area has plenty to offer visitors in the winter months—most notably, spectacular views of the canyon dusted in snow. Winter visitors enjoy much smaller crowds and a greater sense of solitude. Let’s explore some of the many activities for the whole family during the winter season around Grand Canyon National Park.
  2. 2. If your family loves an authentic outdoors experience, Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim is an excellent camping spot. With hundreds of campsites and full facilities, including showers, dump station (for RVers) and even a laundry facility, you can stay comfortably for days at this campground. Just be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes! Bonus: Wild elk are frequently seen throughout the campground.
  3. 3. Approximately 8 miles west of Grand Canyon Village sits an old structure known today as “Hermit’s Rest.” The structure was built in 1914 on the canyon’s edge, and was designed to look like a natural rock formation. Hermit’s Rest was originally a rest stop. Horse-drawn carriages would drop off visitors to relax or before their journey down the Hermit Trail.
  4. 4. If roughing it isn’t your thing, enjoy more luxurious accommodations at the El Tovar Lodge in Grand Canyon Village, which is generally decorated during the holidays, making it even more magical. Designed to resemble a Swiss Chalet, the El Tovar Lodge was built in 1905 and sits near the edge of the Grand Canyon on the South Rim, providing visitors with spectacular views. After a day of fun activities, a hot cup of cocoa by the fire will hit the spot.
  5. 5. The Rim Trail, which can be picked up from any viewpoint in Grand Canyon Village, is a good choice for a winter day hike. The mostly paved 13-mile long trail stretches from the South Kaibab trailhead at its eastern end to Hermit’s Rest at the western end. Note that there is no water along the trail and the trail can get icy and slick in the winter.
  6. 6. On the West Rim of the Grand Canyon sits quite possibly the most exhilarating platform on the planet. Perched at the canyon’s edge thousands of feet in the air, the Skywalk bridge gives brave hearts a view into the canyon unlike any other. One of the most popular ways to see the Skywalk is on a Grand Canyon tour. Your family won’t be disappointed by this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  7. 7. From military jets to crop dusters, the Planes of Fame Air Museum has a wide selection of planes on display for the aviation enthusiasts in your family. The museum is approximately 30 miles south of Grand Canyon Village, and there is a car museum next door, making the drive especially worthwhile. General admission is $6.95, and free for kids under 5.
  8. 8. Originally constructed with the express purpose of helping geologists observe and understand the geology of the Grand Canyon, the Yavapai Geology Museum has been outfitted with new geology exhibits in recent years to help visitors understand the geology and formation of the Grand Canyon. The museum sits at the canyon’s edge and has outdoor platforms from which visitors can view the canyon.
  9. 9. Scenic is the largest and most experienced aerial tour operator in the world, specializing in charter Grand Canyon airplane tours. Scenic has pioneered the aerial sightseeing industry since it began tours in 1967. Our Grand Canyon air tours showcase the most impressive landscapes of the National Parks, allowing visitors from all over the world to experience the rich beauty of the Southwest. Scenic offers over 20 unique tours varying from easy and relaxed to adventure expeditions. Tours range from a one-hour, air-only sightseeing flight, to a three-day, two-night program throughout the Southwest. Visit for tour information or call (800) 634-6801.
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