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Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

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Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

Hi,

we were planning to visit the Grand Canyon and the Monument Valley around mid-January. We were wondering if these locations are easily accessible in winter, since most people seem to be going in summer, and if you would recommend it anyway. We live in Canada, so low temperatures aren't really an issue for us, but what kind of weather should we expect? And what kind of clothing would you suggest (snow boots...?), keeping in my mind that we are not going to do "hardcore" hiking anyway? Also, I noticed that there is no shuttle service in winter, therefore, can you use your own car to tour the South Rim? Can you actually drive along the Rim Trail?

Finally, we would be staying for 4 days in total; are there any other interesting sites nearby that we should check out?

Thank you in advance for your answers!

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1. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

4 days total, arriving and departing where?

The Grand Canyon National Park can be enjoyed from the rim with 2 nights at one of the park lodges. www.grandcanyonlodges.com. You can drive to the rim view points and access to the rim path, but you don't actually drive on the path itself.

Monument Valley is a half day drive away. One night at the View a Hotel or Gouldings lodge is generally sufficient. Plan to book a guided back country tour.

It will be winter. Expect cold temperatures and wear a warm coat, hat, gloves and good footwear. Snow is possible at high elevations. Grand Canyon National Park is 7,000 feet asl. In the event of a winter storm, avoid driving in falling snow. Roads could be closed pending snow removal.

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2. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

You can check weather and roadconditions for Az at: www.az511.com

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3. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

Thank you very much for your replies!

6 days including the trip, we are leaving from Montreal and landing in Phoenix, where we are planning to rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon.

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4. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

Grand Canyon and Monument Valley both experience below freezing temps at night in January. In GC, a 24 hr average temp of just 0 C is possible. Monument valley will be a little milder.

You can drive along Hermit's Rest Road in the winter months. The rim trail is for pedestrians.

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5. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

see if the rental can come equipped with "winter" tires...Yes, bring that winter coat & boots ... You will feel right at home, about 150 miles North of Phoenix ...carracar

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6. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

More interesting places between Phx and MV are Montezuma Castle and Well, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki Nms, Cameron Trading Post, Navajo NM and with short detours the towns of Sedona www.visitsedona.com and Page www.visitpageaz.com

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7. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

Thank you all so much for all your precious tips! Appreciated!

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8. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

When you drive the road between Sunset Crater and Wupatki, you will also be able to get some nice views of the Painted Desert as well.

As RedRox suggests, book a tour at Monument Valley, whether it's just for the loop road or the back country. We were just there and the condition of the loop road is deplorable. We had driven it in a rental car years ago, and started to do the same this time, since we had seen many other vehicles on the road. (We had planned to do a tour first thing in the morning but it was pretty cold and my dicey knee wasn't up to a long bouncy ride on one of the trucks, so we thought we'd give it a go.) It was very bad--turned around at first viewpoint and breathed a sigh of relief when we got back to the parking lot.

We stayed at The View and it was a very nice stay. Room was clean, spacious and nicely decorated. Named The View for a reason--fantastic to sit on the balcony or in the room and watch sunset and sunrise.

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9. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

The shuttles do run in the winter along the south rim trail, just not all routes. nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.htm Also beware that 89 is closed south of Page so avoid that route on way to Monument Valley.

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10. Re: Grand Canyon e Monument Valley in winter: is it feasible?

If you are going to Page you can use 89T from The Gap. But that will be a detour if you only are going to Monument Valley.