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a VirtualTourist member from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon National Park

Visiting Grand Canyon

Hello VTers,

I'm visiting Grand Canyon for the second time on 21st December.

This is specially for fun and take photographs. Any tips are appreciated.

Hope to meet some VTers if possible

4 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Oscar, I guess my biggest question is how you're going to be doing this trip. According to your posts, this is your itinerary:

Grand Canyon - 21st
Page - 22nd
Tahoe - 23rd
San Francisco - 24th
LA - 25th

You have VERY long distances here to drive and will likely see little to nothing at all in these time frames - although you could get from the Canyon to the Page area while it's still daylight.

It is also winter in the Canyon/Tahoe areas and roads could be a challenge: in fact, they reported a big winter storm winding up for the Southwest in the paper yesterday that could affect the canyon.

So, how are you intending on getting from place-to-place, and have you booked accommodations? The Grand Canyon fills up VERY far in advance - especially around holidays (24th is Christmas Eve, 25th is Christmas day so your whole trip is right on top of the holiday).

Honestly, I think you have driving distances here that are just not doable for any sightseeing at all.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Quezon City

I agree with Kate (goodfish). You might be spending most of your time driving with this itinerary.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

By December the North Rim is technically closed, however you can still hike Rim to Rim. Which really is the only way to see the canyon. The pine forest of the North is drastically different than the desert of the South rim. I'd just bring a tent and camping stuff. This way you could Hike, Find a place set up shop (there shouldnt be anyone to bother you) and then hike back. Phantom Ranch should still be open.

Even if you dont go all the way across make sure you get down in the Canyon itself, it is a special place.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Hey there, briskinn. As mentioned before, please read ALL the info before posting? The OP's trip was nearly a year ago.

And again, I'd be VERY cautious of encouraging rim-to-rim hiking without knowing more about the poster. The NPS strongly advises against that unless you are a conditioned hiker with the right equipment, and they NEVER advise doing it solo. The also require a backcountry permit for camping anywhere but on the established rim campgrounds. Advance reservations myst be made in advance for Phantom Ranch regardless of season.

Please reference the NPS website for this info.

People get themselves into trouble there all the time because they underestimate the altitude, heat, distances, the amount of water they need, proper footwear, etc.

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