The holiday season at Grand Canyon is a very special time. For locals it marks the arrival of the “slow season” with its snow-capped peaks, star-filled nights, and hot drinks before the fireplace while sharing a year’s worth of adventures.
Visitors accustomed to the bustling summer crowds are delighted to find solitude in abundance, even at the most popular scenic overlooks.
The canyon itself can appear suspended in time, as if in hibernation, protected from all but the hardiest of hikers by icy trails and abbreviated daylight. A fresh take on an old friend, winter at Grand Canyon is truly a sight to behold.
One long-running December tradition is the decoration of the El Tovar Hotel lobby, including a towering Christmas tree that reaches the second floor mezanine. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to drop by and soak up the holiday cheer.
May you and yours have a safe and joyous holiday season! And consider making a visit to Grand Canyon one of your top resolutions in the New Year.