Winter at the Canyon
If you'd like to visit Grand Canyon in December, imagine a picturesque setting with family and friends to make your holiday wishes come true. So when you happen to be dreaming of a winter wonderland this December, what could be dreamier than one of the Seven Wonders of the World?
In winter, the Grand Canyon is absolutely spectacular, as the snow accentuates the already beautiful scenery that the site has to offer. Imagine a delicate snowfall dropping effortlessly into the depths of the canyon. If you're not a big fan of the cold, this is a great time to take a helicopter tour to see the layers of snow topping the canyon formations. Or just enjoy the hush of the snow as you visit the uncrowded viewpoints.
It is imperative to keep in mind that, while Arizona is generally a very warm state, the northern part which houses the Grand Canyon is still quite seasonal. Being near Utah, this National Park may be cold when you visit Grand Canyon in December, and you may even encounter falling snow during your visit. The North Rim is closed because of the heavy snows, but the South Rim (being lower in elevation) remains open to the public during the entire year. Not only do people enjoy the viewpoints and hike, even the mule rides are still running all winter.
However, don't let the fear of a little snow deter you from planning to visit Grand Canyon in December. Go ahead and see a wonderful landmark during the most wonderful time of the year. The great thing about your off-season visit is that you can enjoy the scenery without an overwhelming amount of people. Make the trip your own and really take in the sights, free of overcrowded trails and trams. It's a great time to hike to the bottom too, since it's 20 degrees warmer down there.
December is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk if that's something you've been thinking about. At only about 4,000 feet of elevation, the summer can be blazing hot. So much so, that if you're traveling in the heat of the summer, I'd nix the Skywalk in favor of the North or South Rim. But if you're thinking about seeing the Grand Canyon Skywalk then December might be a good time to do so. Be prepared to spend $75 to take this one-of-a-kind tour.
Do something out of the ordinary and visit Grand Canyon in December to look at nature in a whole new light. The summer sun is warm, but the winter glow is magnificent and will create a lasting memory in your mind. Warm up by the fire in one of the many lodges, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and get ready to be dazzled. And if you want, head back in the spring, and see the vast difference between the two. December will not disappoint, because no matter what month, the Grand Canyon will always be a phenomenal wonder.
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