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.)
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Grand Canyon Skywalk By photo@kmatrix.de (Werner Keulen, labete) licensed CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

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

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

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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.

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2 comments

  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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