Winter in the Grand Canyon is a quiet, peaceful time with surprisingly excellent hiking weather, no summer crowds or queues, less competition with Phantom Ranch reservations and backpacking permits, and stunning views of the Canyon as the upper cliffs are dusted with snow.
The Park's South Rim is open year-round, and roads are drivable except in inclement weather. However, be prepared, as the weather changes quickly at Grand Canyon, and so does visibility.
Planning a multiple-day visit allows visitors to experience some of these changes. In addition, it provides a good chance for a great view of the Canyon.
The South Rim receives just under 58" each year, and when snow does fall, it will change to rain by the time it reaches the bottom of the Canyon floor. So, places like Phantom Ranch only see less than one inch of snow.
Snow in the Grand Canyon? Prove it with a picture! The Grand Canyon South Rim receives snow every year, but due to a small number of visitors, most people aren't aware of it, so your photos will be unique. And the sun sits at a different angle, so you'll get completely different hues at sunset and sunrise than during summer. Plus, the local wildlife will be roaming around (did someone say elk?).
While hiking during a Grand Canyon National Park winter, pack additional gear. This will not only keep the trip enjoyable but also safe. Bring the following items:
If you forgot something, check out the Yavapai Marketplace for all your needs!