Grand Canyon’s North Rim is open between May and October. For winter vacations at the Grand Canyon, you can visit the South Rim. The Grand Canyon is huge, it has 277 river miles, the canyon is 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. The weather conditions in the winter at the canyon can be rather extreme. With the road into the North Rim being closed after heavy snowfall in November or December, until spring. The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The south rim provides camping, lodging, and restaurants year round. Driving the rims is a 215 mile 5 hour drive. It may be easier to park your vehicle at the Grand Canyon Village Area and take the free shuttle bus system.
There are admission prices for the Grand Canyon National Park. The admission is good for 7 days for both rims. Those that are 15 years or younger are admitted for free. The costs are $25 per vehicle, excluding organized groups and $12 per individual if they enter the park by foot or bike.You can camp on the established camping grounds only and you must pay camping fees in addition to the park entrance fee.
South rim weather
A very nice feature to use is the phone tour service, and listen to rangers present the Gand Canyon while you are driving through.
Kolb Studio-the studio is a restored home and business of the Kolb brothers, who are photographers.
Verkamps Visitor Center– One of the oldest buildings in Grand Canyon Village sits on the side of the rim and has a curio shop and information about the Grand canyon.
Yavapai Geology Museum– fantastic canyon views with information on how , why, when, the canyon was formed.
Grand Canyon Visitors Center- You can use the free shuttle system here to take the village route or the Kaiab/Rim route to other points of interest along the South Rim.
Tusayan Ruin and Museum- has displays that cover the last 10,000 years of heritage.
Desert View Visitors Center- See how the canyon has inspired artists, writers, musicians and conservationists.
Some other points of interest are View Points at Mather, Yavapai and Yoki Points, and walk along the Trail of Time or drive Hermit road to Hermits Rest.
Obviously there are many hiking trails to take at The Grand canyon. These trails maybe extremely icy during the winter, crampons are recommended. You may encounter mules along the way. It is recommended you step off the trail, listen to the wranglers instructions, and don’t return to the trail until the last mule is 50 feet away.
Rim Trail- This trail follows the rim for 13 miles from Hermits Rest to Kaibab Trailhead.
Bright Angel Trail– The trail begins at Bright Angel Lodge. A long and strenuous trail if you take it all the way to Plateau Point. There are restrooms along the way, but there is no water until get to Indian Gardens.
South Kaibab Trail– You must ride the shuttle bus to the trail head at Yoki Point. There is no water on this trail.
Hermit Trail-Recommended for experienced hikers, it is a steep and rocky trail. No water unless you treat the water from the springs.
Other things to do at The Grand Canyon during the winter season are helicopter rides, The Grand Canyon Railroad (offer Polar Express theme trips in the winter), an IMAX theater, free ranger programs, and even mule trips.