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A Grander Grand

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Yes, the earthtones display themselves more brilliantly in the summertime. Since, however, 80 percent of Grand Canyon rescues each year are heat-related — and since more than two-thirds of all visitors struggle for peaceful viewing during summer high season — wise RVers seeking solace should visit Arizona’s grandest wonder in the coolness of winter. Considered by many locals to be the Canyon’s finest season, winter still allows visitors to experience the scope — length, breadth and depth — of this natural gem without the intrusion of the masses that can make finding a parking space or an unimpeded view difficult. Mather Campground on the South Rim serves up its spaces on a first-come basis from December through March. Go to nps.gov/grca for more information.

The ground may be blanketed in white, but this should not prevent visitors to the national park from exploring. A walk along the Rim Trail, overlooking snow-dappled rock terraces, yuccas and ponderosa pines, grants winter guests a snapshot of the canyon’s natural beauty. More ambitious hikers can head out on three-mile options on any of the South Kaibab, Hermit or Bright Angel trails. Of course, guests seeking a warmer experience can arrive at Grand Canyon Village via the Grand Canyon Railway (800-843-8724), out of Williams, Arizona. No matter how they arrive, visitors will certainly find the views to be just grand.

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