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Tips and Recommendations For Tourists Planning To Visit The Grand Canyon During Super Bowl Week

By on January 31, 2023 0 153Views

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is an unbelievable marvel of nature. The 217 miles long canyon with the Colorado River flowing at the bottom is on many people’s bucket list of things to see.

With the widely popular WM Phoenix Open that attracts people from all over the country and the highly anticipated Super Bowl LVII just a few weeks away, the Arizona tourism industry is expecting a huge impact on the economy. Without a doubt, for many who make the trek to the west, the Grand Canyon National Park will be a hot place to visit in February.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited national parks in the United States and was carved over some 6 million years. What many people who live outside of Arizona do not know is that northern Arizona can see some fierce winter conditions. The North Rim receives the heaviest snowfall, averaging 142” per year. What does that mean for tourists? You must be prepared.

If a visit to the Grand Canyon is on your list of plans this winter, here is what you need to know.

Every visitor to Grand Canyon is required to purchase an admission ticket. Click here to learn about ticket information. Depending on weather conditions, there are optional activities, such as Skywalk, helicopter, boat tours and zipline tours can be purchased at an additional cost.

The following are the best things to do in the Grand Canyon, many dependent on weather:

  • Take A hike in the Grand Canyon/ Walk the Rim Trail
  • Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon
  • Ride a Train to the Grand Canyon
  • Take a Scenic Drive Near the Grand Canyon
  • Spend a Night or More Camping
  • Go on a Rafting Trip in the Grand Canyon National Park
  • Take a Helicopter Tour Over the Canyon
  • Visit the Viewpoints
  • Go for a Bike Ride along Hermit Road
  • Watch the Grand Canyon IMAX Movie
  • Yavapai Museum of Geology
  • Walk the Trail of Time

If you are flying into Phoenix to attend an event, the Grand Canyon is located approximately 3 ½ hours north of Phoenix. You will need to rent a car to make the trek up the mountain. If you’d like a more adventurous way to travel, drive to Williams, Arizona, located just 30 minutes out of Flagstaff, and buy a ticket on the Grand Canyon Railway and travel to the canyon in style.

Things To Do In Williams, Arizona:
If you have time to kill in Williams, Arizona, the following are family friendly fun activities: Bearizona, Canyon Coaster Adventure Park, Route 66, and the Grand Canyon Deer Farm.

For those determined to visit the canyon this winter, officials have put out several tips on how prepare for a winter trip to northern Arizona.

The climate is very different from the deserts of Phoenix. The state has had several large storms the last few weeks. Travelers should plan and expect ice and snow. The roads are not pre-treated. Drivers should expect slow driving conditions.

Expect to see incredible wildlife. Animals that our state cherishes and want to keep safe. It is important not to feed the squirrels, or any other wildlife. You will want to because they are so cute, but doing so can allow them to become dependent.

It is recommended that you are prepared and pack a winter survival kit for your car just in case of emergency. The following is recommended in your car:

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper & fluid
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • All important medications
  • Cell Phone with charger or battery charger
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio & extra batteries
  • Food and Water
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and gloves
  • Blanket
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Sand or cat litter. Please note that road salt is not permitted in the park
  • Jumper cables

Know Before You Go
Before you make the drive, check the road conditions. The road may be shut down entirely due to conditions and there is nowhere to go except turning back around. Check the road conditions here.

A trip to The Grand Canyon can make an incredible winter background for photos and an experience that you will never forget, but does require extra preparations and planning during the winter months.

Enjoy the beautiful canyon!