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Old 02-01-2015, 08:07 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon in Feb. yes or no?

We are headed to Tucson next week, have never been to the Grand Canyon before. Weather wise, it doesn't look like the best time to go. Questions:
1. How much time should we allow?
2. Again weather?
3. Must see?
4. Avoid?
5. RV park open this time of year?

We are in pretty good health, but certainly not capable of a long hard hike.

Appreciate your comments, and suggestions. 😊😊😊

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Old 02-01-2015, 09:00 AM   #2
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You better get ready for cold weather. We went in April and still got snowed on. You could spend 3-4 days to see everything at an easy pace.

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Old 02-01-2015, 09:10 AM   #3
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It will be pretty cold this time of year.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:18 AM   #4
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Trailer Village will be open, and with power and full hookups. Just be prepared for cold weather, and be flexible on schedule in case a few days of snow keeps you in the park a bit longer. (More important to my wife and I, as we just don't drive the rig in ice/snow conditions!)

If conditions allow, go park at one of the many locations along the Rim Trail, easy strolling for as long as you care to walk.

You can do a reverse day train ride into Williams.

They have in park shuttles, probably running a bit less this time of year, that are a great way to get around and see the different locations. Getting off, and on, at the different stops.

My wife and I visited in November, temps in the low 30's overnight. We found a place along the rim that was close to where we could park our toad. Took our chairs, some adult beverages, snacks, the dog, and went to sit and watch the nature show of the sunset. We then got up in the AM, added our Campfire In A Can to the above, swapped out coffee and kahlua for adult beverages, and went back to the same spot to watch the contrast of the sunrise. Set the camera up in the same location, and got some good pictures of both sunset and sunrise - and have had some fun photoshopping the contrasts together.

Some great food available, from moderate to expensive and from casual to fancy.

Agree, that unless someone wants to take a full day hike down/up the canyon, that 3-4 days is enough to check out the South Rim. And, it is a great time of year as far as crowds being absent...

We plan to swing in for a few days in early March.

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Old 02-01-2015, 09:21 AM   #5
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We went to the Grand Canyon the first week of March last year and were lucky and had beautiful weather. We stayed at Grand Canyon RV Park in Williams, AZ and took the train up for one day. The RV park was first class and best of all it was a Passport America park. You ride the train to the Grand Canyon for one day or they will make arrangements for you to stay over night there if you want and come back the next day.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:22 AM   #6
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Google "RV Park Reviews" and lookup Arizona/Grand Canyon/Trailer Village, or call their reservation number, 877-404-4611. We stayed in Trailer Village and found it to be very nice and convenient to the Rim Sites. They have shuttle service, if you want it. I don't know if they ever close for the season. I read reviews of RV'ers camping in November and in March. So they are probably open all year.
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NO! cold, possible snow,North rim is closed. April at the earliest for me.
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I would love to visit GC in Feb. I would definitely stay at the Park for the convenience, although I have never been there in an RV. If your time is flexible, you could hit it on a good week. Here is a webcam from Yavapai Point along with current weather. It doesn't look like there is any snow at the moment. One thing that I really want to do is Desrt View Drive and Watchtower. The free shuttles do not go there but assuming you have a tow vehicle. We didn'y have time to see Desert View since we were preparing for a hike to the bottom and for a 9 day rafting trip. Also check out the Geology Museum and the Kolb Studio. Hermit Road is open to private vehicles through Feb since the busses don't run that route until Mar.
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Trailer Village inside the park is great. Take a shuttle to the rim or walk. The shuttle comes to the Trailer Village RV Park about every 30 minutes. We thought about Williams and the train ride. Glad we did not do this. There is more time to spend at the rim if you don't spend it on the train. You will want more than one day.

Actually, according to Weather.com the next 10 days is going to be beautiful there. Low 30's, high 50's. Later in the month, who knows.

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Was there 2-1-14 for 4 days. Was 3 deg first day 8 deg 2 nd day then a bit warmer. Water in park was froze in the morning but When the sun hit it you could get it to work.

Walked to the bottom the 8 deg day. Was 54 at the bottom. Just go prepared all is well. If you get lucky and get some snow the canyon is even more awesome.

We kept our coach closed up (slides in ) those cold mornings and had no problems.

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We were there in February one year and had very nice weather but cold at night. You just never know about the weather. Come with a full water tank and empty gray and black in case it is cold and dumping/filling would be difficult.

We would highly recommend Trailer Village in the park. It's near the Rim and the free shuttle stops at the campground entrance. Take some strolls along the Rim Trail and if the Bright Angel Trail is not icy, walk down it at least a short distance for a very different perspective below the rim.

If you have time constraints or the weather is too cold, two night would be plenty. The crowds will not be there and you can get around faster to see things. There's nothing to avoid...it's all great. Drive to the east end at Desert View for more interesting things. You can even leave the park with your RV via the east road to Hwy 89 if you're going that direction. It's a good road for big rigs. Have fun!
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Spent a few days there at Xmas a couple of years ago. It was cold (-12) and beautiful. Unbelievable clear skies very few people. Would do it again. It's one of those places where pictures do not do justice you have to see it for yourself
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Old 02-07-2015, 08:02 PM   #13
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As you can tell, it can get COLD. Bring an electric box heater or two for when you are plugged in.
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We are thinking of visiting also but we are very concerned with the weather. We are currently in Las Vegas.


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