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Old 01-02-2019, 11:34 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon South Rim winter 2020

We are planning a trip from Oregon to Death Valley NP next winter sometime. We would also like to go to GCNP. Since our departure will depend on when the weather will permit us to cross the Cascade mountains, our time frame wonít include reservations. Are the campgrounds at GCNP so booked in February that we would not be able to drive in? We will be doing a lot of dry camping and are also interested in BLM/FS sites suitable for a 36í coach.
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Mather CG is open year-round, as is Trailer Village w/fhu. There is dispersed camping at Tusayan in the national forest.
I doubt any will be full, given schools will be in session, and cold weather discourages many adults.
You may find this website very useful when making your plans.http://oss.weathershare.org/?Center=...0#.XC2okc1Onb0
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Grand Canyon in February may be cold and even snow (which is a beautiful sight). However, we went once in Feb. and wore shorts. Keep close watch on the weather. You may not want to boondock if it's that cold. Trailer Village with hookups is the best place to stay. It's in the park.

Death Valley can be cold, also. Bring warm clothes!
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Thank you for your helpful responses. I am hoping that the winter season will reduce crowds at GC. Thatís why we wonít be going in the warmer months!
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Grand Canyon in February may be cold and even snow (which is a beautiful sight). However, we went once in Feb. and wore shorts. Keep close watch on the weather. You may not want to boondock if it's that cold. Trailer Village with hookups is the best place to stay. It's in the park.

Death Valley can be cold, also. Bring warm clothes!
I would like to ask a question if I might. We are taking our 1st long distance trip from Georgia to the South Rim GC full access RV park. We are planning to go in late March. I don't actually have the route but you were saying snow in February how about late March. Our seasons seem to be off kilter. I've got peach trees in bloom and its wintertime
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I have been to the Grand Canyon the last two winters in February. Two years ago, the weather up at the canyon was well below freezing and chance of snow. We left the coach near Phoenix, and drove the toad up to the canyon. It was about three hours each way. It made for a long day, but was the first time we had saw the canyon. Last winter we went back again, and this time the weather was much warmer. It was about 50 degrees, and we stayed at the KOA in Flagstaff for a few days, then went up to Page to see the slot canyons. I think it depends on the year, and the weather can change day to day. The Flagstaff area can be known for snowstorms, so coming down the mountain 6000 ft in a storm could be hairy. The elevation at Phoenix is around 1100 ft. Vegas is around 2000ft. Flagstaff is at around 7000 ft, similar to the south rim of the canyon. Kingman is at 3300 ft, which is part way up coming from the west.The weather at the lower elevations is almost always decent. Check the weather before you "go up the hill". Good luck, the canyon is breath taking for sure.
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Here's a lot of information on the average weather for Grand Canyon South Rim from their web site:

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvis...-condition.htm
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Here's a lot of information on the average weather for Grand Canyon South Rim from their web site:

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvis...-condition.htm
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I have been to the Grand Canyon the last two winters in February. Two years ago, the weather up at the canyon was well below freezing and chance of snow. We left the coach near Phoenix, and drove the toad up to the canyon. It was about three hours each way. It made for a long day, but was the first time we had saw the canyon. Last winter we went back again, and this time the weather was much warmer. It was about 50 degrees, and we stayed at the KOA in Flagstaff for a few days, then went up to Page to see the slot canyons. I think it depends on the year, and the weather can change day to day. The Flagstaff area can be known for snowstorms, so coming down the mountain 6000 ft in a storm could be hairy. The elevation at Phoenix is around 1100 ft. Vegas is around 2000ft. Flagstaff is at around 7000 ft, similar to the south rim of the canyon. Kingman is at 3300 ft, which is part way up coming from the west.The weather at the lower elevations is almost always decent. Check the weather before you "go up the hill". Good luck, the canyon is breath taking for sure.
We're not taking the road this trip. Is not doing this a no-no. It doesn't feel good pulling a toad in iffy weather. But if it's bad we'll go another time.
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I would like to ask a question if I might. We are taking our 1st long distance trip from Georgia to the South Rim GC full access RV park. We are planning to go in late March. I don't actually have the route but you were saying snow in February how about late March. Our seasons seem to be off kilter. I've got peach trees in bloom and its wintertime
I have hiked the canyon several times in March and April. Had snow two times, although not a huge amount. Expect anything, bring some warm clothes and enjoy. There will still be a lot of people there, just not as many as summertime. There’s fewer airlifts out of the canyon for heatstroke/ dehydration in the winter
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We're not taking the road this trip. Is not doing this a no-no. It doesn't feel good pulling a toad in iffy weather. But if it's bad we'll go another time.
Two years ago, we started from Kelowna BC and came down through Washington, Oregon, then kept going south through California. We then crossed over into Nevada. We never had any problems going that way in February except we had to stop in Bakersfield for a day due to high winds in the Tehachapi pass. Ive heard there are some high passes crossing the Cascades, but I am not familiar with them, as we didnt go that route. We stayed closer to the ocean, so the temperatures were well above freezing. We had a toad in tow. We put 4000 miles on the tow car each winter, so I can imagine it would have been a lot more trouble had we not had the car with us. We used the car to go Sedona from Flagstaff. It is beautiful there, and a must see. The road from Flagstaff to Sedona is not recommended for an rv, so the car was a must if you want to go to Sedona for a visit. We also used the car to go over Sitgreaves pass and visit Oatman. It is an old route 66 town with wild donkeys. It also is not a recommended road for an rv. We also drove up to Page and saw the Slot Canyons. Just a few places you might want to have the car along for. Most all these places we visited are on my Youtube channel.Cheers
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Two years ago, we started from Kelowna BC and came down through Washington, Oregon, then kept going south through California. We then crossed over into Nevada. We never had any problems going that way in February except we had to stop in Bakersfield for a day due to high winds in the Tehachapi pass. Ive heard there are some high passes crossing the Cascades, but I am not familiar with them, as we didnt go that route. We stayed closer to the ocean, so the temperatures were well above freezing. We had a toad in tow. We put 4000 miles on the tow car each winter, so I can imagine it would have been a lot more trouble had we not had the car with us. We used the car to go Sedona from Flagstaff. It is beautiful there, and a must see. The road from Flagstaff to Sedona is not recommended for an rv, so the car was a must if you want to go to Sedona for a visit. We also used the car to go over Sitgreaves pass and visit Oatman. It is an old route 66 town with wild donkeys. It also is not a recommended road for an rv. We also drove up to Page and saw the Slot Canyons. Just a few places you might want to have the car along for. Most all these places we visited are on my Youtube channel.Cheers
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Mather CG is open year-round, as is Trailer Village w/fhu. There is dispersed camping at Tusayan in the national forest.
I doubt any will be full, given schools will be in session, and cold weather discourages many adults.
You may find this website very useful when making your plans.http://oss.weathershare.org/?Center=...0#.XC2okc1Onb0
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Grand Canyon in February may be cold and even snow (which is a beautiful sight). However, we went once in Feb. and wore shorts. Keep close watch on the weather. You may not want to boondock if it's that cold. Trailer Village with hookups is the best place to stay. It's in the park.

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