The Grand Canyon Day Trip: how to get the most from a short trip

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Jun 12, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Go below the rim to find gems like the Havasu Falls, there're so many fun things can do in the Grand Canyon. If you're planning the Grand Canyon day trip, you may interested in the topic that how to get the most from a short trip?

Grand Canyon Day Trip

Avoiding crowds

The best way to avoid crowds is to come at the right time of year. The busiest time of year is from Memorial Day (end of May) to Labor Day (beginning of September), which is also the hottest time of year, especially down in the Canyon. Crowds start to dwindle in late August as kids are getting ready to go back to school and many European travelers return home. December before Christmas, January and February are the slowest times of the year.

'Don't be afraid of bad weather, even in winter,' FlagStuff suggests. 'Everyone else will stay home, and as soon as the storm breaks you'll be treated to the Canyon at its most striking.' Apart from the winter months, both eazeliff and FlagStuff recommend a visit in October when the weather is mild, the aspens are changing color, and the crowd is reduced to more discerning travelers.

Even during the busiest months, the best way to avoid crowds is to walk, even just a short distance away from the parking areas. For a more peaceful viewpoint experience, try Shoshone Point, suggests FlagStuff, the only South Rim overlook generally closed to vehicle access. 'Most of the time you have to walk there, about a 3/4 mile flat and pleasant forest stroll. It's a lovely place, and very peaceful even on the busiest summer day. Not adventurous really, but definitely off the beaten track.'

Grand Canyon Day Trip

'The main campground, Mather, turns into a small city in summer,' says eazeliff. 'I like camping at Desert View, and also a little-known place called Ten-X campground in the Kaibab National Forest just south of Tusayan, a gem which seldom fills up.'

Rocking the Grand Canyon

If geology has always seemed boring to you, the Grand Canyon is the place to prove you wrong. To get an introduction to the geology and natural history of Grand Canyon, stop by the recently restored museum at Yavapai Point.

'There are many ranger-led natural history programs on various topics, and short interpretive hikes also led by a park ranger. These programs are generally excellent,' says FlagStuff. 'There's a number of very good, very readable field guides to the geology and ecology available, and in the past I've gotten a lot out of carrying one with me on hikes and reading along as I descend through the rock layers and ecological zones.'