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Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

C M
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Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

I understand only the South Rim is open. But, is the weather unpredictable? Can you find an accurate weather forecast while in Phoenix for the Canyon area?

We will have 3 days to bum around from Phoenix and we have never seen the Canyon. Is it worthwile in winter?

Anyone suggestions for sightseeing for 2-3 days. Have been to Sedona and Nogales.

thanks, mlr

C M
Saint Louis...
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1. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

OOPS< I meand 'DOES' anyone recommend this?

Evanston, Wyoming
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2. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

Hi mlr, snow is always a possibility in January, though so far this winter has been milder than years past. Snow or no snow, it's cold, so bring your coat, gloves, etc The forecast for the next 10 days calls for partly cloudy and temps from 40-50 in the daytime and in the teens at night, but that can change of course.

Is it worthwhile to visit at this time of year? Yes - for one, it's less crowded at the canyon than in summertime, you can also save money at a lot of hotels.

If you have three days to "bum around," you might want to spend a night in Flagstaff and enjoy some of the attractions there (Museum of Northern AZ, Lowell Observatory, Walnut Canyon Natl Monument), then make your way to the Grand Canyon by way of the Navajo Reservation on US89, stop at the Cameron Trading Post and have a Navajo taco, then drive along the East Rim drive (AZ64) into the Village. About a 3-hour drive, but very scenic. Then you could spend a night or two at the canyon.

For a weather forecast, use your favorite site and enter the zip code 86023 or airport code GCN.

Evanston, Wyoming
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3. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

OH, and for road conditions, www.az511.com

C M
Saint Louis...
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4. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

Thank you K-Bot for your informative reply

.Will do a bit of research (forecast, etc.) just before we leave

thanks again!

MI
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5. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

I also plan to visit the Grand Canyon in Jan. There are several helicopter tours and logding places in the canyon. Any suggestion on which one is the best? Thanks and happy new year!

yb

Cincinnati, OH
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6. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

If you're really fit, you can hike down to the bottom. I did this as a college student over Christmas break one year. We went down Bright Angel trail and I think it was about a 6 hour hike each way. We camped on a beach at the bottom in a tent. It was 80 degrees at the bottom but at the top it was only 30 degrees.

Some ideas to consider if you haven't been to them before: Tuzigoot, Canyon de Chelly, Flagstaff (risky weather but there's Sunset Crater, Wupatki, Walnut Canyon), Chiracahua, Jerome, Tucson (Saguaro NP, AZ Sonora Desert Museum, Titan Missile Museum, Kitt Peak, etc.), climb Picacho Peak, Casa Grande ruins, Meteor Crater, Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, Karchner Cavern.

If the weather and roads are nice you can head north but have a list of backup sites in the south in case the weather is not agreeable. Or just plan on the desert things to begin with and not worry about the mountain sites.

Concho, Arizona
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There is nothing like the Grand Canyon but the weather and the road conditions can be very unpredictable in January so definitely have a backup plan. I live in the White Mountains of Arizona and roads can close with only a few hours notice if a storm passes through northern Arizona.

You should look into going south as a backup plan - Tucson is very different than Phoenix with lots of hiking areas, the Old Tucson theme park, the Organ Pipe Cactus area and lots of different choices that really give you a feel for the southwest. Tucson is much older than Phoenix so it has more "character" than the big city. The Bisbee/Tombstone area is also a good area with lots to do and better weather. Definitely do Kartchner Caverns if you go to that area. You have to make reservations ahead of time for tickets.

Prescott, Arizona
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8. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

The canyon in winter is awesome. Snow makes it that much more stunning. However, like others have said, the south rim can get a quick dump of snow at any time which can make driving a chore, but more importantly, it can pull the curtains over those awesome views. Definately go, but plan a back up.

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9. Re: Grand Canyon in January? Do anyone recommend this?

We were at GC just last week. It did snow about 6-8 inches and was extremely cold, but it was amazing. No one was there! GC was beautiful with snow; however, because it was extremely cloudy, it was hard to see "into" the canyon at times.

The roads were cleared within hours of the snowfall. It didn't stop locals.

I would recommend GC now because you will avoid the crowds! We felt as if we had it all to ourselves!

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