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