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Grand Canyon in January?

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Grand Canyon in January?

Is GC open at january?

I'd go down to the canyon. Does all the trails open all year?

And the North Rim?

thanks,

Áron

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1. Re: Grand Canyon in January?

The South Rim visitors area is open all year-round. The North Rim visitors area is closed for the season until mid-May. General Park information:

www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/index.htm

The 2013 winter visitors' guide for the South Rim:

nps.gov/grca/…2012-13SRwint_letter.pdf

If, by "go down to the canyon", you mean to hike all the way to the Colorado River at the bottom of the Canyon, be well aware that this is a 5K foot (1,500 meters) elevation hike each way. Don't attempt it as a dayhike without research and preparation. It will be winter conditions at the upper elevations; I would expect snow and ice for the first 2-3 miles.

nps.gov/grca/…winter-recreation.htm

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2. Re: Grand Canyon in January?

Yes the Grand Canyon South Rim is open as well as the trails but be advised that they could be snow packed and will require traction devices for your boots!!

It is not recommended for anyone to hike down to the river (bottom of canyon) and back up in one day especially during the Winter months when daylight will be short!

North Rim is closed until May 15th

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3. Re: Grand Canyon in January?

All overnight camping "below the Rim" requires a pre arranged permit from the Park Service... And as suggested above. carry full winter kit & and have done physical conditioning for higher elevations...carracar

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4. Re: Grand Canyon in January?

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5. Re: Grand Canyon in January?

I also checked the trail conditions on Grand Canyon National Park Service's website which confirms that both Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails (the main South Rim corridor trails) are "snow-packed and icy" on the first 3+ miles of the trail. Not surprising, it's been super-cold this year. While the trails are open, hiking is undertaken at one's own risk. Traction devices are recommended for those who venture onto the trail, whether it's for a day hike or overnight. These can be rented or purchased at the Canyon Marketplace or Grand Canyon Backcountry Office.

Aron H, it's unlikely you'll be able to make it all the way down to the Colorado River unless you are able to secure a backcountry camping permit or cancellation at Phantom Ranch. At this time of year, there are fewer hikers on the trails due to less-than-ideal conditions (mainly cold weather), so that may work in your favor, but PLEASE do not attempt to hike rim to river and back in a single day. If you can't secure overnight accommodations at the bottom of the canyon, be it a campsite or a dorm space at Phantom Ranch, plan to take a day hike. These can also be very fulfilling. Proper precautions for this time of year must be taken, such as warm clothing worn in layers, crampons on your boots, food and water if you're traveling any further than 1 mile or spending any longer than 1 hour, etc. Remember that 1 hour down = 2 hours up.

If you really and truly want to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and doing an overnight hike in the park won't be possible, there are ways to go about it, but they involve some "compromises," mainly that the areas of the Grand Canyon you'd see are on Native American Tribal Lands and not the National Park. One popular option is a helicopter flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. These are only available from Las Vegas, but offer the option to do a quick 30-minute landing or a more extensive tour with a short raft trip and rim tour. Another option: 4-Wheel-Drive (car) tours down the Diamond Creek Road, which is also on Hualapai Indian Lands. 4WD tours are available from Williams or Flagstaff and rates are discounted in winter. Info ->: http://bit.ly/Uuwxth Passenger minimums apply in either case.

Good luck.

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6. Re: Grand Canyon in January?

Thanks for the answers!!!

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