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Posted: 01/10/17 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone ever camp in Grand Canyon during winter? I was thinking of going around Christmas and New Years. Thinking of camping at Mather CG and would luv to see the Canyon in snow.

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Not camping, but drove there once a number of yrs ago in mid December, a day after a heavy snowfall. Absolutely stunning. Apparently the snow had scared off everyone else. I was alone at almost every overlook. Clear blue sky, dead calm, about 40 degrees, and so quiet you could actually hear the river at a couple of the overlooks. A once in a lifetime experience.

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We got got in a light snow fall in April of 2001. The snow capped rocks were pretty.
I would go for Trailer Village in order to have the electric.


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TragedyTrousers wrote:

Anyone ever camp in Grand Canyon during winter? I was thinking of going around Christmas and New Years. Thinking of camping at Mather CG and would luv to see the Canyon in snow.


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TragedyTrousers wrote:

Anyone ever camp in Grand Canyon during winter? I was thinking of going around Christmas and New Years. Thinking of camping at Mather CG and would luv to see the Canyon in snow.


It's great, spent Christmas 2015 at trailer village. On Xmas Eve and Day the crowds weren't bad. Day after Xmas, the line to the gate was 6 miles long. I was smiling, leaving before the rush. Mostly California and Nevada plates coming in.

There wasn't much snow in the canyon itself, but there was plenty around the buildings... They were short about half their parking spaces due to huge piles of snow.

There was no water fill available due to extreme cold. Days were in the teens with strong wind chill, nights below zero.


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Definitely stay in the park at Trailer Village RV so you could have electric for heat. Mather doesn't have electric and I'm not sure it's even open in winter. If you can drive there in snow it would be a very special place to be in winter. I've seen pictures of RVs there.


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In March about three years ago we went there. I am now a professional photographer and I want to see in with snow. Well, we did! Got snowed into Trailer Village. I went out very carefully during the white out snowstorm and got some great shots. Then went out for the next day. As storms do it cleared out all the haze in the canyon and I got shots to die for. Two have won several prizes and I have printed them up to 36 to 48 inches on canvas and sold many.

See my website www.LaurensPix.com for some and / or when you have 8 1/2 minutes you can see my Youtube video that they second half is in this storm - great music as well. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY3j9G1g4sw

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I would make sure you have chains and a snow shovel. We have the kind that slip through the wheels. They go on easy and are made to get you out of a jam, not to drive many miles on. We were there in late April one year and had about 6" of snow on the ground then.

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2gypsies wrote:

Definitely stay in the park at Trailer Village RV so you could have electric for heat. Mather doesn't have electric and I'm not sure it's even open in winter. If you can drive there in snow it would be a very special place to be in winter. I've seen pictures of RVs there.


It was open for 2015, and that campground was actually busier than Trailer Village. I don't know how those young people were staying warm, it was really cold with the wind chill, and that's from someone from Northern Michigan.

To the OP:
I don't know where my pictures went from that trip. I don't think I took many, because operating the camera with gloves was too much hassle. As I recall, there was 4-5" of snow on the ground in the campground. The roads were plowed, with patches of heavy ice.

The little cafe at Hermit's Rest was not serving food or beverage, but their gift store was open. Parking was VERY restricted out there, many spots were filled by the snow plow hills. Some folks with the fancy jeeps and toyotas saw those hills as a way to show off their expensive toys.

Expect icy walkways at the various overlooks, and icy parking lots. If you don't have some yet, get YAKTRAX (or other suitable slip-on traction devices) for everyone who will be out and about. The NPS does not use salt, they use volcanic cinder, which requires bright sun to work. The cinders themselves are also slippery when you walk on them over bare concrete.

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