Grand Canyon in Winter

Winter is the best time of year to visit the Grand Canyon to avoid crowds and the heat of summer. Take in the stunning view of the Grand Canyon National Park in winter.

Hop on the free shuttle to the Orange Route! Make sure to stop off at Yavapai Point to see a breathtaking view of the pristine snow-covered canyon and the majestic colorado river.


Desert View

When exploring the park try taking the Desert View drive to the end, where you can climb 85 steps to the top of the Desert View Watchtower for fantastic views that span the canyon.

Blue Route

To see amazing views of snow at the south rim of the Grand Canyon take the Blue Route, which also leads to the Grand Canyon Village and on to Hermit road.

Hermit's Rest

In winter months, you can only access this region by private vehicle, but it is worth a visit to see some spectacular viewpoints such as Hopi Point, Mohave Point, and Pima Point.

Try hiking a part of the South Kaibab Trail. You can hike down to Ooh Ahh Point, which is only a 2-mile round-trip. Although short please note this trail is steep and challenging!

Winter Hiking


Stop in for lunch at Arizona Steakhouse in the Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon Village. After lunch try stretching your legs on the nearby Bright Angel Trail.

Canyon Sunset

On my most recent Grand Canyon winter trip, I watched the sunset at Mather Point which was phenomenal. This is the most popular sunset spot because it is near the visitor center.

I'd try staying close to the Grand Canyon for your winter visit in case of snow or ice. I suggest booking your stay inside the Grand Canyon National Park or in the nearby town of Tusayan.

Where to Stay

Grand Canyon Winter Tips

If you don't mind driving in snow, make this a road trip. If not, try using the free shuttles. Remember to pack water, winter clothing, and hiking boots.