4 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Grand Canyon this Winter

Of the over five million people who visit the Grand Canyon every year, ¾ arrive during the peak summer season. From April to October, the South Rim and Grand Canyon West are abuzz with activity as people soak up the sun and explore the Grand Canyon’s many scenic viewpoints and attractions.

Summer is a popular time for family vacations, last-minute road trips, and Las Vegas adventures, but if you’re looking for a quieter, more serene Grand Canyon experience (and don’t mind bundling up a lttle) consider visiting in the off-season between November and March.

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Should You Visit the Grand Canyon South Rim or West Rim?

The South Rim and the West Rim are the two most popular Grand Canyon tourism destinations. You’re in for some truly spectacular sights and exciting attractions no matter which area you visit, but for many adventurers, the choice between the South Rim and West Rim is a tough one.

Here’s a preview of the main differences between the South Rim and the West Rim:

South Rim
  • 5 hours from Las Vegas
  • 5 million visitors per year
  • Nearly 2 dozen viewpoints
  • Can hike into the Canyon
Grand Canyon West
  • 3 hours from Las Vegas
  • 2 million visitors per year
  • Fewer viewpoints but more time to explore
  • Walk beyond the Canyon edge on the glass Skywalk

Ultimately, which area you visit will come down to your travel preferences and how much time you have to explore. Need help making your decision? Take a closer look at the South Rim and the West Rim. Read more

15 Breathtaking Grand Canyon South Rim Viewpoints

If you’ve ever seen the Grand Canyon on television or in a movie, chances are you’ve seen the South Rim. But seeing the Canyon on a screen, no matter how large or small (our best efforts notwithstanding), will ever compare to seeing the Grand Canyon in person.

Some of the most iconic Grand Canyon viewpoints can be found at the South Rim. There are around 50 viewpoints along the South Rim, about 20 of which are easily accessible by vehicle. Each viewpoint has something special to offer, and knowing what’s what before you go can help you make the most of your visit and avoid unnecessary complications.
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