Things to do at the Grand Canyon in Winter
Living in Arizona, you hear your fair share about the Grand Canyon. Even though we are the Grand Canyon State, it is all too easy to be an Arizona native and never make the trek up to see the canyon. Winter is just as good of time as any to view this natural wonder. Covered in a blanket of snow, the canyon gets even more magnificent. On top of the sheer beauty, there are also significantly less tourists during the winter months. That means you can take your time soaking up the wonder while walking down fairly empty trails.
Here are some things you and your family can partake in while visiting the Grand Canyon in the winter:
Watch for winter animals
During the winter months, animals have adapted to the climate change, and you can view mule deer, elk, California condors, ravens, and Abert’s squirrels. This makes it a great activity to show your little ones all the different types of animals during winter.
Walk around Historic Village
The first building built in Historic Village dates back to 1905. Take a walk around the village and visit some of the Grand Canyon’s oldest lodges, studios, and lookout towers.
Walk Bright Angel Trail
You can reach Bright Angel Trail in the same area as the historic village. This trail is a tourist favorite because of the ease of the hike, the conveniences (restrooms, water stations, shade), and do we even have to mention the view? Bright Angel Trail remains the safest trail in the park, but it is highly advised to bring some extra gear for traction if there is snow on the ground.
6th Annual Celebration of Art
This is a seasonal event – open through February 6th – offers paintings and art available for sale. It is unique in the way the profit goes straight to the Grand Canyon National Park.
It is important to note that the North Rim is closed during the winter, but the South Rim remains open. Make sure you and your family are prepared for the cold weather. In Arizona, we become accustomed to 110 degrees, so oftentimes we may underestimate winter weather. The Grand Canyon does see quite a bit of snow, so winter wear is an absolute must.