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Old 11-16-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon - End of December

I have visited the Grand Canyon during the summer a few times, but that was before my RV days. I have a few days at the end of the year, and the Grand Canyon is close. Anyone ever drive in and stay during the dead of winter? I have a heated water hose, but usually just fill the tanks and disconnect it if it is cold outside, same think with the stinky slinky, out to dump, stored afterwards.
I don't have chains for the DP, not sure if I need them or not, or if they keep the roads sanded and plowed, or if it even snows enough to worry about it.
Any tips or experiences are appreciated.
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To see the Grand Canyon covered in a blanket of snow is on my bucket list. If you get a chance, post a picture of it! Sounds like a great trip, \ken
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We've been there in February when it has snowed and was in the 20's. It is gorgeous. Like you, we ran the water out of our tank. We only spent a couple nights so didn't have to dump. We would not leave a dump hose or a water hose outside in those conditions. We stayed at Trailer Village so have electric and we ran the furnace so that our bays and water compartment stayed heated. The highway into the park was clear of snow.

Just watch the weather and enjoy the trip. It can get dicey in the Flagstaff/Williams area in winter.
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I see snow in your future, but beware driving, and know that they close I40 when the good weather heads South.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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To see the Grand Canyon covered in a blanket of snow is on my bucket list. If you get a chance, post a picture of it! Sounds like a great trip, \ken
We were there last in April 2012 ... Here's a few shots

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Thanks, papa_peter, the Canyon looks so different in snow. Beautiful! /ken
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We were there 2-1-14. 3" of snow on ground. 3 deg one day and warmer after that. Stayed at trailer Village. Kept RV slides in. Used on board water. Roads were OK. Worked great for us.

Got permit & walked to bottom of canyon. Stayed overnight at bottom. Walked back up next day. There was plenty of snow at the top. Snow went away about 1/2 mile into the canyon.

Have been there a few times in warm weather. Really awesome to see in the winter.

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Got permit & walked to bottom of canyon. Stayed overnight at bottom. Walked back up next day. There was plenty of snow at the top. Snow went away about 1/2 mile into the canyon.
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We also found snow at the top and sunny weather at the bottom of the Canyon.

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Trail at the top & bottom. Left the top at 8 deg. 54 deg when I got to bottom. Click image for larger version

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We spent about a week in N Arizona and a few days at the Canyon end of Jan '14. Beautiful in Cottonwood and Sedona, but cold and windy at the Canyon. No snow there, but a few snow squalls on the road south to Williams when leaving. No bad weather at all for 3 weeks from Livingston to Vacaville.
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This is some of the info I was looking for. My brother & I are transporting my DW's motor home from Lexington, NC to Escondido, CA the 2nd week in January. I have never been to the GC in winter & he has never been there at all. Thanks for the info. I don't want to hijack this thread so I am going to start a new one for more info on the rest of our trip.
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The Grand Canyon is in the low teens at night right now.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. It will be cold, did not know about the wind. I may change plans, stay in Williams and use the towed from there.
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