Grand Canyon: When to go for the best experience?
Given these climatic qualities, spring and fall are unquestionably the ideal times to explore the park. In reality, despite the rare bout of severe weather, the temperatures are softer and more comfortable, and the most of the attractions are open all day.
It’s no accident that these are the busiest times of year at the park. If you wish to camp here, you will need to get a permission for an overnight stay in advance.
What to see during your visit? The main attractions of the National Park
The Grand Canyon National Park is vast, and visiting it might take many days. However, if you just have a limited amount of time for your stay, we recommend that you focus on the attractions listed below.
The South Rim or southern part of the park
Our advice is to begin your tour at the park’s southern section. This is, in fact, the most popular with tourists and the one with the greatest attractions. It is also easily accessible from both the south and the north.
Hermit Road is arguably the most popular tourist path. This gorgeous 11-kilometer circuit is accessible all year by foot, bike, shuttle, and private tour. In the winter, however, it is also feasible to go by private vehicle.
We propose the following panoramic viewpoints along the path:
- Trailview Overlook
- Maricopa Point
- Powell Point
THE VILLAGE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK
Grand Canyon Village, located near the park’s southern gate, is a genuine fortification. Here you will discover information, exhibitions, and tiny museums to help you prepare for your visit. We especially encourage going to:
- Kolb Studio, the Kolb brothers’ original house, which dates back to 1904 and is now a museum. Interesting photographic exhibits are exhibited here on a regular basis.
- If you wish to camp in the park, the Backcountry Information Center will be your one-stop shop. There is also information about trips in the park’s hinterland.
- However, Verkamp’s Visitor Center is the finest site to learn more about the community’s century-old history.
- The Yavapay Geological Museum provides interactive, three-dimensional maps that can help you understand more about the formation and history of the Grand Canyon.
- The only way to get to the Mather Point overlook is from the Village.
- The park’s northern entrance is at Desert View. Aside from that, the Desert View is a worthwhile destination. Among its key sites of interest are:
- Mary Jean Colter created the Desert View Watchtower, which was influenced by ancient pueblos. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful perspective of the whole Canyon and the Painted Desert from here.
- Tusayan Museum and Ruins, about 5 kilometres west of the Desert View gate. This section contains fascinating facts on the lives and histories of the indigenous inhabitants of this region. The remnants of an old pluebos settlement are also on display.