After a year that will likely end with record visitation topping five million, the predictably slower pace of the winter holidays seems exceptionally palpable this time around. Only the hardiest of travelers tend to brave the slick roads and frosty temps of December and January in pursuit of a virtually crowd-free Grand Canyon Village. However the rewards of such efforts are many.
Though the hiking and rim-walking require a bit more care once the snow begins to stick, and the abbreviated daylight hours limit one’s viewing time from the lofty scenic overlooks, the payoff comes in the form of heightened peace and serenity.
The snow-capped North Rim peaks, the seasonally festooned lobby of El Tovar Hotel, and the unhurried banter with park residents and fellow visitors can all conspire to make for a Grand Canyon experience that bears little resemblance to the frenetic months of summer.
Whether perched at the edge of your favorite chasm, or in the comfort of your own home, may you and yours have a safe and joyous holiday season and a fantastic New Year!