Grand Canyon with a Dog: South Rim Trail

I wanted to bring in the New Year in a new location: The Grand Canyon. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. So here’s a quick recap of what I learned on my 24-hour round trip to the Grand Canyon.

  • Only the South Rim is open year round (24 hours/day).
  • You can bring pets to the South Rim.
  • More than half of the South Rim’s camping spots are closed during the winter season.
  • Tusayan is a small town with hotels–and it’s less than 10 miles away from South Rim.
  • You can park in the visitor’s lot and sleep in your car. <–Well, we didn’t get asked to leave. 😉
  • “The Sky Walk” is not located in the South Rim. It’s at Grand Canyon West at Eagle Point. (I drove by the exit on my way to South Rim.)
Grand Canyon Skywalk By (Werner Keulen, labete) licensed CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


  • It snows at South Rim. <–I had no idea

Sue was happy  to see snow again..and to get out of the car

  • It gets foggy at the Grand Canyon. When it’s foggy, you can’t really see anything. –>A huge bummer
  • South Rim Trail is gorgeous.


Even though I didn’t bring in the New Year by watching the sun rise over the Canyon, I had a great time.


A beautiful drive: Interstate 40, AZ

Next time I go, (1) I want to have more time to spend there for sight-seeing and trail walking. (Hopefully no fog  next time!) (2) I should plan a place to sleep. (3) I still want to go during off season; it wasn’t overcrowded, but it was busy.  Does anyone else have any other recommendations?

Side  note: I highly recommend reading over the National Park Service website to learn more about the Grand Canyon.



  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    Pretty cool adventure, I drove by it several times but never really got to stop take my time and look. Maybe some day….

  2. […] Since being in California, we mostly relax in the apartment office, but she joined me on a roadtrip to the Grand Canyon. […]

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