majority of visitors to the Grand Canyon do so during the warm-weather months,
but a visit during the winter lull is preferable for those seeking a different
“There is a small, but loyal group of visitors that
likes to visit in that period between Christmas and spring break,” said
Gordon Taylor, general manager of Xanterra South Rim L.L.C.*, operator
of lodges, restaurants and activities in Grand Canyon National Park. “Some of them come to photograph the Grand Canyon
as the light comes in at a lower angle while others simply prefer the slower
pace and the opportunity to stay in our lodges that are most popular in the
though it is in Arizona, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is located 7,000
feet above sea level, meaning snow is possible during the winter months. Most
of the time, however, it is sunny and dry with the low humidity making the
temperatures in the 30s and 40s F (-1 – 4 C) feel warmer. Hikers venturing
below the rim into the inner Canyon experience progressively warmer
temperatures as they descend in altitude.
In addition to hiking, winter visitors can still enjoy motorcoach
tours, the Grand Canyon Railway, walking tours of the historic Grand Canyon
Village, ranger-led walking tours and the world-famous mule rides.
Winter at the South Rim also means reduced rates and
packages at selected hotels. At Maswik and Yavapai Lodges
rates are up to 38 percent lower than summer-season rates. At El Tovar, the
Romance Package includes accommodations, sparkling wine, fruit basket and
dinner for two with a bottle of Grand Canyon label wine in the El Tovar Dining
In addition to discounted room rates at off-rim lodges, it is
easier to find available rooms at the four properties on the rim – El
Tovar, Bright Angel, Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges – than it is during
the summer season.
can book their rooms online by visiting www.grandcanyonlodges.com or by
calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United
States. You can learn more about the park by visiting www.nps.gov/grca.